Committee members


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 currently a teaching assistant at the University of Edinburgh, where he recently completed his PhD in philosophy. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between common-sense intuitions and scientific theories in contemporary cognitive science. He has previously worked on a wide range of topics in the philosophy of cognitive science, including selfhood and personality identity, perceptual processes in social cognition, and deflationary accounts of consciousness. He is also interested in the nature of computation, and is presently engaged in an ongoing research project aimed at reconciling computational and enactive theories of cognition.


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.


AlexAlexander Green is starting a PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Warwick, as part of the Sense of Commitment project. His doctoral thesis focuses on the development of a sense of commitment in young children and will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. John Michael. Alexander recently completed an MPhil in Warwick’s Philosophy department which focused on the relation between episodic memory and imagination. Beyond developmental psychology, Alexander’s interests lie in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind more generally construed, particularly social and numerical cognition.


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


PhilPhilipp Rau completed a PhD in the philosophy of psychology under the supervision of George Botterill and Dominic Gregory at the University of Sheffield in 2016. He taught undergraduates in philosophy of mind and personal identity at the University of Nottingham in 2016/17 and is now 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 memory. In the course of his research he has become interested in, and occasionally distracted by, the interface between philosophy and psychiatry, the question of episodic memory in non-human animals, and the role of sleep in cognition.