Suilin joined the department in Spring 2011, having completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield. Her primary interest is the field of social cognition, and more specifically, in the various answers given to the question 'How do we understand other people's psychological states?' She defends a 'theory-theory' answer to this question, maintaining that the cognitive processes which facilitate our grasp of our own mental states and those of others are best understood as being theory-like. Her research is strongly inter-disciplinary, drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, animal behaviour and anthropology.
Suilin is also interested in the nature of the cognitive mechanisms underlying joint attention, and believes that developing a clearer understanding of these mechanisms will enable us to have a more comprehensive grasp of social phenomena such as pedagogy and altruism.
Chatting with Mark Dance on 'The Headspace' radio show about mirror neurons.
Office hours: by appointment
Office hours are not just there for 'problems'; I am always excited to talk about philosophy with people so please make an appointment to come by!
Please note that I am on research leave from Jan - Jun 2017.
Social Cognition (MA)
Philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, moral psychology, philosophy of science,