Personal profile

Research overview

I'm a PhD Student at the University of St Andrews, currently doing a joint project in philosophy and psychology on mindreading/theory of mind, cognitive development, and the effects of language on thought, with an eye on the larger question of distinctly human cognition.

The joint nature of the project means that I spend as much time in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience as I do in the Department of Philosophy. 

I'm currently associated with the St Andrews Baby and Child Lab, where I am also responsible for organising lab meetings, as well as with the SeedLab, and the Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Thesis: Linguistic mindreading: How labels shape developing social cognition

I'm supervised by Derek Ball and Amanda Seed

Research interests

Primary interests: 

- Cognitive development 
- Social cognition (especially mindreading/theory of mind)
- Cognitive effects of language 
- Philosophy of psychology (e.g. nature of folk psychological attributions, phil. of sci. themes in psychology)

Other interests: 

- Cognitive control/Executive functions 
- General philosophy of science
- Comparative and cross-cultural cognition 

Teaching activity

At the University of St Andrews

S2024 - PY2012 (Meaning and Knowing)
F2023 - PY1010 (Mind and World) 

At Aarhus University: 

2022 - Philosophy of Science (undergrad medicine module) 
2020 - History of Philosophy 1 (undergrad philosophy module)
2018 - Ethics (undegrad philosophy module)

Profile Keywords

Cognitive development, Theory of Mind, Mindreading, Developmental Psychology, Language and Thought, Social Cognition

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Inventing Authority: An Integrative Theory of Introspection, University of Aarhus

Award Date: 1 Aug 2022

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Aug 2020


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