Big Picture

 

A common way to understand perception and emotion is to see them as mechanisms that provide conscious beings with relevant information about their environments. In other words: perceptual and emotional states represent the world. My research is on how and what these states represent. My approach is empirically informed philosophy of mind: I want to figure out in which way our first personal understanding of the human mind matches a scientific view of human psychology. In my dissertation, I focus on how emotions represent the world. In the next few years, I wish to continue my research on mental representation by focussing on implicit bias and biased experiences. My research project also thematizes aesthetic and perceptual experiences.

 

Publications

 

(2019b) An empirical investigation of guilty pleasures. Philosophical Psychology (with Cova, F.). (published online)

(2019a) The affective experience of aesthetic properties. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 100, 283–300.

 

(2018) Philosophical aesthetics and cognitive science. WIREs Cognitive Science,  (1), (with Meskin, A., Robson, J., Ichino, A., and Monseré, A.).

 

(2014) Music feels like moods feel. Frontiers in Psychology 5, 327.

 

(2012) The poems are finding words for us, in Geert Grote Alliantie(ed.) Nederlandstalige master scripties van vijf jonge filosofen, Deventer: Deventer University Press, 67–129.

 

Papers In Progress

 

(1) Emotions are reliable representations.

(2) Emotional content is complex.

(3) Emotional phenomenology is compositional.

(4) Emotion and implicit bias.