Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy of Mind, Psychology and Neuroscience, Aesthetic Experience, Privacy & Technology, Philosophy of Biology, Phenomenology, Action theory, Free Will
PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2010
Professional Publications & Contributions
- “Privacy in Public and the contextual conditions of agency“ (forthcoming) in Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges by Tjerk Timan, Bert-Jaap Koops and Bryce Newell (eds). Edward Elgar.
- "Why study movement variation in autism? (forthcoming) in Autism the movement-sensing approach by Torres & Whyatt. CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group. (Co-authored w. Elizabeth Torres)
- "Neonatal diagnostics: Towards dynamic growth charts for neuro-motor control" (forthcoming) Frontiers in Pediatrics (Co-authored, Torres et al)
- "Dynamics of perceptible agency: the case of social robots" (forthcoming) Minds & Machines.
- "Beyond sensorimotor segregation: On mirror neurons and social affordance space tracking" (2015) Cognitive Systems Research. Vol. 34–35, p. 18-34.
- "Evolution beyond determinism: on Dennett's compatibilism and the too timeless free will debate" (2015) Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics, vol 3, Issue 1.
- "The Aesthetic Stance - on the conditions and consequences of becoming a beholder"(2015) in Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, by Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.), New York: Springer. p 117-138.
- "Navigating beyond 'here & now' affordances - on sensorimotor maturation and false belief tests" (2014) Frontiers in Psychology. 5:1433. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01433
- "Noise from the periphery in autism" (2013) Frontiers in Integrated Neuroscience, 7:34 (Co-authored with Elizabeth B Torres)
- "Autism: the micro-movement perspective" (2013) Frontiers in Integrated Neuroscience 7:32 (Co-authored with: Elizabeth B Torres, Polina Yanovich, Kimberly Stigler, John Nurnberger, Dimitri Metaxas & Jorge Jose)
- "En Kropslig Kultur Historie - om omverdens relationen" (2012). In Mennesket. En Introduktion til Filosofisk Antropologi by E. O. Pedersen & A.-M. S. Christensen (eds.) Denmark: Systime. pp. 197-216 (Eng. Trans.: “A Bodily story of Culture - on the 'Umwelt' relation” in The Human. An Introduction to Philosophical Anthropology). p. 197-216.
- “If the motor system is no mirror..." (2012). in Payette, N. & Hardy-Vallee (Eds.) Connected Minds: Cognition and Interaction in the Social World. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p.158-182
Maria Brincker's research primarily revolves around a quest for more adequate theoretical models of our psychological processes and the complex neurobiology and cultural worlds that support them. A core philosophical challenge lies in the tension between growing empirical evidence for the dynamic and contextual functioning of organisms and minds on the one hand, and our epistemological desires for atomistic and mechanistic models on the other. With collaborators within neuroscience we try to build new theories and methodologies as well as re-interpret old findings in new frames.
She is also studying how these challenges of dynamic, social and relational models relate to applied areas such as the field of autism research and developmental psychology as well as broader questions in aesthetics and most recently in relation to our autonomy and agency. In this relation her recent focus is on technologically mediated actions, and current issues of privacy and discrimination.
Another line of inquiry has to do with more abstract questions of the role of context, temporality and interaction in theoretical biology and metaphysics.
PHIL 344: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 305: Action
PHIL 281: Special Topics: Mind, Choice & Action
PHIL 130G: Privacy
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy
HONORS 293: Honors Topic in Social & Behavioral Sciences - Contextual Minds
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