I am working with a team of neuroscientists and philosophers to test the effects of framing on punishment decisions involving violence risk assessment. Our research is funded through the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNaP) at Duke University.
Participated in the 2016 Minds Online Conference hosted by The Brains Blog. Commentaries by Prof. Kenneth Aizawa (Rutgers), Prof. Brie Gertler (UVA), and Prof. Michael Wheeler (Stirling).
“Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ (1998) extended mind thesis provides an answer to the question ‘where is the mind?’ The thesis maintains that while minds may be centrally located in one’s brain (and body) they can sometimes “extend” to be located in objects beyond their core biological shells. Functionalism and the multiple realizability thesis are often used to support the extended mind, as is the case in Clark & Chalmers’s much discussed parity argument, but although familiar these are not uncontroversial views in the philosophy of mind. In this paper I present an argument for the extended mind thesis that does not rely on either of these. The argument instead requires what I call the ‘multiple localizability thesis’, which says that particular kinds of mental states need not be ‘strictly’ or ‘uniquely’ located in any particular place, e.g. the brain or one of its regions. I argue that evidence of neuroplasticity shows that mental states are ‘multiply localizable’ and that this claim should be less contentious than multiple realizability, even if it is rarely stated explicitly.”
I worked as a Research Assistant for Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness. (Free Press, 2014), by Ian Gold (McGill) and Joel Gold (NYU).
“The current view of delusions is that they are the result of biology gone awry, of neurons in the brain misfiring. In contrast, the Golds argue that delusions are the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world. By exploring the major categories of delusion through fascinating case studies and marshaling the latest research in schizophrenia, the brothers reveal the role of culture and the social world in the development of psychosis—delusions in particular. Suspicious Minds presents a groundbreaking new vision of just how dramatically our surroundings can influence our brains.”