Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy of Mind, Psychology and Neuroscience. My research primarily revolves around a quest for more adequate theoretical models of our psychological processes and the complex neurobiology that supports 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. I am also interested how these challenges of dynamic, social and relational models relate to broader questions in philosophy of science and biology, in feminist philosophy, in aesthetics and most recently in applied areas such as the field of autism research and developmental psychology.
PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2010
Professional Publications & Contributions
- "Beyond sensorimotor segregation: On mirror neurons and social affordance space tracking" (2015) Cognitive Systems Research.
- "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
PHIL 344: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 281: Special Topics: Mind, Choice & Action
PHIL 130G: Privacy
PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy
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