Originally a small town hockey player from Canada, I am now completing a PhD in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Edinburgh, I spent time completing degrees in cognitive science and philosophy. I am interested mostly in topics related to the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with side interests in philosophy of science and biology.
Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Psychology and Mind, Philosophy of Science, Music Cognition
Wide Mechanistic Computation
As part of my doctoral research, I have recently been focused on developing a wide mechanistic approach to computational cognitive science, this work picks up on earlier themes by Wilson (1994), Losonksy (1995), and Hutchins (1995). The core idea is that in virtue of exploiting the substrate neutrality of computational individuation, cognitive systems can come to include elements outside the individual. Drawing and empirical and philosophical resources, I aim to create a robust account of wide mechanistic computation that provides methodological guidance for researchers within cognitive science.
Levels in Cognitive Science
I have spent some time in recent years thinking about the concept of levels and its role within cognitive science. Talk of levels is not only ubiquitous within cognitive science, but it also plays a central role within foundational discussions. My broad aim has been to show that a pluralistic approach to levels helps to generate a more complete understanding of what is going on in cognitive science, both in terms of theorising and modelling.
4E Music Cognition
The explosion of research in embodied, embedded, enactive and extended cognition has done much to change how we think about and study the mind. In pursuit of further developing the 4E framework, I have sought to integrate theories of embodied, embedded, and extended cognition into the study of music cognition. My aim has been to advance the study of music cognition by focusing on the ways in which musical processes are often integrated with and heavily dependent on body and world.