My research interests include philosophy of mind and the intersection of neuroscience and law. My academic work in philosophy is supported through my research with the Brogaard Lab for Multisensory Research in St. Louis. There I’m working on empirical research projects focused on synesthesia and savant syndrome, blindsight and deaf-hearing, the effects of psychoactive drugs, and autism. I’m also a Research Fellow at the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. There I assist in developing new methods of big data analysis and creating cognitive measures of recidivism with the goal of improving the criminal justice system.
In this recent article Berit Brogaard and I wrote for The Philosophers’ Magazine, we discuss the philosophical implications of synesthesia, a neurological condition where the senses are mixed. For example, some synesthetes attribute particular colors or personalities to letters and numbers to tastes to certain words. It turns out that this fascinating endowment might inform our understanding of many cognitive areas including memory and human intelligence. You can read a draft of the paper here and obtain the final copy here.
In this recent paper in Analysis, Berit Brogaard and I defend Tensism against a popular objection. Tensism holds that the present moment has a special status that sets it apart from the past and the future, independently of perceivers. One
I recently co-authored a short article on Jason Padgett, an acquired synesthete and savant, with Berit Brogaard. After sustaining a concussion from a brutal attack, Jason began to see visual imagery associated with mathematical formulas. Our lab’s research found the
Those of you interested in synesthesia and savant syndrome should tune into St. Louis on the Air at 11:00 am Thursday, January 24th when Berit Brogaard and I will be talking about our forthcoming book The Superhuman Mind: True Tales of
Berit Brogaard and I are co-authoring a blog for Psychology Today called The Superhuman Mind. Check it out!