Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience Research Seminar

Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience Research Seminar

AHRC logoTime: 4:00–6:00pm

Venue: Psychology Department, Meeting Room, Level 6 (unless otherwise noted)

Seminars are normally followed by cheese and wine, plus dinner and drinks with the speaker and respondent for those who wish to attend. All welcome.

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Starred items are sponsored by the AHRC Rethinking the Senses Project.

2014–2015 Programme

2014–2015 Programme




Monday 13 October*

Frank Durgin (Psychology, Swarthmore)

Commentator: Alisa Mandrigin (Philosophy, University of Warwick)

‘The angular expansion hypothesis of locomotor space perception’

Monday 20 October

Robert Audi (Philosophy, Notre Dame)

Commentator: Anna Bergqvist (Philosophy, MMU)

‘Normativity and generality in ethics and aesthetics’
Monday 3 November*

Colin Blakemore (School of Advanced Studies, London)


Previous Talks

Previous Talks

(Formerly known as the Philosophy of Mind and Psychology Research Seminar)


Host Department


*Monday 19 May 2014 Psychology

Matthew McGrath (Philosophy, Missouri—Columbia)
Knowing What Things Look Like

Commentator: TBA

*Monday 24 March 2014


John O'Dea (Philosophy, University of Tokyo)
"Why, and in what sense, things look different in the shade: solving the puzzle of constancy"

Commentator: David Simmons (Glasgow)

*Monday 24 February 2014


Alan Johnston (Psychology, UCL)
"Illusions of motion and their perceptual significance"

*Monday 27 January 2014


Thomas Hummel (Taste and Smell Clinic, University of Dresden)
"Why and how we smell, how to measure olfactory function, and how to
diagnose and treat olfactory loss

Commentator: Barry Smith

Monday 11 November 2013


Mitch Green (Philosophy, University of Connecticut)
"Organic Meaning"

Commentator: Simon Garrod (Psychology/Neuroscience, University of Glasgow)

Monday 3 June 2013


Gavin Buckingham (Psychology, Heriot-Watt University)

Topic: Touch

Commentator: Jennifer Corns (Philosophy, University of Glasgow)

Monday 3 December 2012


Charles Spence (Psychology, University of Oxford)

"Crossmodal correspondences: Crossmodal grouping by similarity or a weak form of synaesthesia that is common to us all?"

Monday 26 November 2012


Nico Silins (Philosophy, Cornell Univeristy)

"What is the scope of aesthetic experience?"

Commentator: Lars Muckli (Psychology, University of Glasgow)

Monday 15 October 2012 Psychology

Alexander Logvinenko (Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University)

What Colours Do the Colour Blind Really See?

Commentator: Derek Brown (Philosophy, Brandon University)

Friday 8 June 2012 Psychology

Sid Kouider (Cognitive Neuroscience, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Monday 21 May 2012 Philosophy

Frank Pollick (Psychology, Glasgow)

"Fusing the sight and sound of swing-groove in the brains of drummers"

Monday 30 April 2012 Psychology

Ian Phillips (Philosophy, UCL)

"Perceiving the Passing of Time"

Monday 23 April 2012 Philosophy

Malika Auvray (Computer Sciences Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, LIMSI-CNRS, Paris)

"Spatial Cognition and Sensory Substitution"

Monday 16 April 2012 Psychology

Stephen Butterfill (Philosophy, Warwick)

"Intention and Motor Representation"

Monday 26 March 2012 Psychology

Karl Friston (Neuroscience, UCL)

"Embodied Inference"

with a commentary by Andy Clark (Philosophy, Edinburgh)

Monday 27 February 2012 Psychology

Marco Fenici (Philosophy, University of Sienna)

"Passing spontaneous-answer false belief tasks in infancy by reading others’ motor intentions"

Monday 23 May 2011 Philosophy

Mike Wheeler (Philosophy, University of Stirling)

"Perception, Action, and the Extended Mind"

Tuesday 22 March 2011 Philosophy

Sean Power (Philosophy, University of Cork)

"Temporal Illusions - Some Philosophical Considerations"

Monday 7 March 2011 Psychology

Bahador Bahrami (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London)

"Interacting minds: miracle or disaster? What could each one tell us?"

Monday 17 May 2010 Philosophy

Mohan Matthen (Philosophy, University of Toronto)

"Image and Content in Sensory Representation"

Monday 19 April 2010 Psychology

William Hirstein (Philosophy, Elmhurst College, Illinois)

"'He is Not My Father' and 'That is Not My Arm': Making Sense of Delusional Misidentifications"

Monday 12 April 2010 Psychology

Maciej Witek (Philosophy, University of Szczecinski, Poland)

"Phenomenal Intentionality and the Modular Mind"

Monday 22 March 2010 Philosophy

Phillipe Schyns (Psychology, University of Glasgow)

"In the Eye of the Beholder"

Monday 15 March 2010 Philosophy

Nicola van Rijsbergen (Psychology, University of Glasgow)

"The expressive face-unculus: Localizing and interpreting the dynamics of facial feature encoding from MEG data"

Monday 1 March 2010 Psychology

Jesse Bering (Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast)

"Deeper Than Beliefs: Cognitive Science and
Religious Intuitions"

Monday 15 February 2010 Philosophy

Alexander Logvinenko (Department of Vision Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University)

"In Defence of Colour Realism"

Monday 18 January 2010 Philosophy

Clare MacCumhaill (Philosophy, University of Edinburgh)

"Seeing Through"

Monday 14 December 2009 Philosophy

Fraser Smith(Psychology, University of Glasgow)

"The Content of Early Vision"

Monday 7 December 2009 Psychology

Sue Lock (Philosophy, University of Glasgow) & Jude Bek (Psychology, University of Sheffield)

"Afterlife Beliefs: Context and Category Effects"

Monday 19 October 2009 Philosophy

Petra Vetter (Psychology, University of Glasgow)

"How the brain makes up the world: the example of apparent motion"

Monday 5 October 2009 Psychology

Fiona Macpherson (Philosophy, University of Glasgow)

"Cognitive Penetration of Colour Experience: Rethinking the issue in light of an indirect mechanism"