Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience Research Seminars 2023/24

The PPN Research Seminar is a joint endeavour to promote interdisciplinary discussion between Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Time: 3pm (but see * in list of seminars below for exceptions)

Venue: Some seminars will take place in person and some by Zoom. Most will be hybrid. Details will be provided via our email list.

In addition to the regular meetings, we hold Work in Progress (WiP) meetings where postgraduates present their work. WiP meetings are identified as such below.

All students, staff and visiting researchers are welcome to attend.


These seminars are jointly sponsored by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Department of Philosophy and the CSPE.

First Semester

2nd October (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: Place cells: a map in the brain and of the brain

Speaker: Kate Jeffery (University of Glasgow)


30th October (Online)

Title: The Perception of Silence

Speaker: Chaz Firestone (Johns Hopkins University; Perception & Mind Laboratory)


20th November (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: A Compositional Semantics for Venn Diagrams

Speaker: Bryan Pickel (University of Glasgow) and Brian Rabern (University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh Meaning Sciences Group)


27th November - co-sponsored by SPIN (Online)

Title: Singular Experiences (With and Without objects)

Speaker: Angela Mendelovici (University of Western Ontario)


11th December - co-sponsored by SPIN (Online)

Title: What do the Attentionally Blind See?

Speaker: Ian Phillips (John Hopkins University; Foundation of Mind).


Second Semester

 22nd January (Online)

Title: Accuracy in imagining

Speaker: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College; Director of Gould Centre for Humanistic Studies)


5th February (Online)

Title: From point of view of perspective

Speaker: Elizabeth Camp (Rutgers)


14th February (Hybrid)

Title: What's going on in the real world? The past, current, and future of mobile neuroimaging

Speaker: Olave Krigolson (Victoria, Canada)


19th February (In-person/Hybrid) -RESCHEDULED

Title: TBA

Speaker: Craig French (University of Nottingham)


29th February *Thursday*  (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: Place Perception

Speaker: Keith Allen (York University)


 4th March (Online)

Title: Hunger, Desire, and the Foundations of Practical Reason

Speaker: Mohan Matthen (University of Toronto)


11th March (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: Epistemic Risks and Psychedelics

Speaker: Sascha Fink (Otto von Guericke Universität, Magdeburg; Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences)


Third Semester

29th April (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: The Role of Episodic Memory in Mental Imagery

Speaker: Andrea Blomkvist (London School of Economics)


13th May (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: Psychological Commitments of Pleasure Fundamentalism

Speaker: Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore).


20th May (In-person/Hybrid)

Title: The Cognitive Life of Maps

Speaker: Roberto Casati (Institut Jean Nicod)


7th June (new date)

Title: TBA

Speaker: Petra Vetter (University of Fribourg)