Committee members

Daniel Calder is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh studying Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Originally from London, be studied his undergraduate in Southampton, and did an MSc in Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics. He is interested in Philosophy of Mind and general issues in Philosophy of Science, but focuses on the notion of representation in hierarchical prediction error minimisation networks.


TonyTony Cheng is currently a PhD student in Philosophy at University College London, and is also conducting part-time projects with Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the same school, with the Psychology department at Birkbeck, University of London, and with CenSes, Institute of Philosophy. He has been focusing on the relation between visual attention and consciousness in the past few years, but has recently switched the main focus to cross-modal spatial attention and perception. Other interests include cognitive development, multisensory integration and traditional questions in philosophy of mind and perception.



Sam Clarke is a philosopher of mind, psychology and cognitive science who is currently completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford. His thesis explores the role that perception plays in coming to understand others’ actions, but he has wider interests in cross-modal perception and social cognition more generally. Sometimes Sam even collaborates with/gets in the way of psychologists working on these issues. For instance, he spent the summer of 2012 running experiments for Elena Gherri in Edinburgh exploring the effects of posture on perceptual attention, and the summer of 2013 in UC Berkeley running experiments on statistical learning in infants for Alison Gopnik and Fei Xu.


JoeJoe Dewhurst is a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, where he previously also completed an MA in Philosophy (2012), and an MSc in Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition (2013). His research focuses on the application of techniques from contemporary philosophy of science to conceptual issues in psychology and cognitive science. Currently this involves looking at the role of folk psychology in embodied and computational theories of mind, in addition to an ongoing side-project regarding perceptual processes in social cognition. He is also interested in questions regarding the nature of self-hood and personal identity, and in particular how they relate to both cognitive science and practical ethics.


edEd Donnellan is studying for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He completed a BA in History and Philosophy in 2010 and the interdisciplinary Cognitive Studies MA in 2011. He has worked as a research assistant in the Universities of Sheffield and York, helping with studies of children, parrots, and both captive and wild chimpanzees. Ed is now firmly planted in the Psychology department studying intentional communication in human infants and chimpanzees, supervised by Dr Danielle Matthews (Sheffield), Dr Katie Slocombe (York) and Dr Elena Hoicka (Sheffield).


RyanRyan Paul Doran is writing his PhD in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Dominic Gregory and Stephen Laurence. Ryan completed a B.Sci in Natural Sciences (Biology, Psychology & Philosophy) at the University of Durham in 2009, and an MA in Philosophy at King’s College London in 2011. His doctoral work seeks to bring the findings and methods of the mind sciences to bear on certain debates in philosophical aesthetics. In addition to his doctoral work, he is also working on experiments on bad art and the mere exposure effect with Aaron Meskin, Matthew Kieran and Marc Phalen, and on the aesthetic emotions with Simone Schnall. Aside from his interest in philosophical and empirical aesthetics, Ryan is interested in a wide variety of issues in the philosophy of cognitive science, including the influence of language on thought, cognitive penetrability, the nature of the emotions, and the debate between empiricism and nativism.


lilyLily FitzGibbon is a developmental psychologist with philosophical leanings. Lily completed a BA, MA and PhD between the Philosophy and Psychology departments at the University of Sheffield, before taking on postdoctoral research positions at the University of Birmingham, and then the University of Southern California. Her research broadly investigates cognitive control and decision making through the lifespan. In her current position, at the University of Southern California, she investigates young children’s counterfactual curiosity: their intrinsic interest in ‘what might have been’. She loves the technical and experiment design side of experimental research, and is always willing to get involved with interdisciplinary projects as a technical advisor.


Rosa Hardt is a PhD student in philosophy. She has wandered from an undergraduate degree that combined neuroscience, psychology and the philosophy of cognitive science (University of Sussex) to a realm between philosophy of cognitive science and moral philosophy (University of Edinburgh). Her research concerns the role of emotions in moral agency. Among other things, she is also interested in phenomenology, social cognition, and the philosophy of science.


Jaroslaw Lelonkiewicz is a PhD student in psychology at the University of Edinburgh.


PhilPhilipp Rau completed a PhD in the philosophy of psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2016. He currently teaches undergraduates in philosophy of mind at the University of Nottingham, while also being an honorary research fellow at Sheffield. His research focuses on a new account of the self as a neurocognitive system and on the nature and mechanisms of episodic autobiographical memory. In the course of his research he has become interested in, and occasionally distracted by, the interface between philosophy and psychopathology, the question of mental time travel in non-human animals, and the role of sleep in cognition.