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 work on topics mostly in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with side interests in philosophy of science and computing.
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Mind, Matter, and Language, University of Edinburgh, 2018
- Philosophy of Science, University of Edinburgh, 2017
- Logic, University of Edinburgh, 2016-19
- Introduction to Cognitive Science, Carleton University, 2015-16
- Philosophy of Mind, Carleton University, 2015
- Critical Thinking, Carleton University, 2014-15
- Introduction to Philosophy: Values and Society, University of Alberta, 2012-13
- Advanced Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh, 2016
Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Psychology and Mind, Philosophy of Science, Music Cognition
- 2017. “Extended Music Cognition.” Philosophical Psychology, 30(8), 1078-1103.
- 2017. “A Mechanistic Account of Wide Computationalism.” Review of Psychology and Philosophy, 8(3), 501-517.
- 2016. (with Robert Wilson) “The Sound of Music: Externalist Style.” American Philosophical Quarterly, 53(2), 139-154.
- 2015. “Music and Cognitive Extension.” Empirical Musicology Review, 9(3-4), 193-202.
- 2017. “The Narrow Conception of Computational Psychology.” In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society (pp.2389-2394). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
- 2017. (with Joe Dewhurst & George Deane) “Resolving two tensions in 4E cognition using wide computationalism.” In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society (pp.2395-2400). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
- 2016. (with Robert West & Andrew Brook) “Leveling the Field: Talking Levels in Cognitive Science.” In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science Society (pp.2399-2404). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
- 2016. “Processor vs. Process Accounts of Stage Models: A Cautionary Tale.” Frontiers in Psychology, 7(719), 1-3.
- 2016. “Commentary: The Alleged Coupling-Constitution Fallacy and the Mature Sciences.” Frontiers in Psychology, 7(2033), 1-2.
- Presenter, Sutton Trust Summer School, University of Edinburgh, 2017
- PPLS Representative, Athena Swan, University of Edinburgh, 2016-17
- Counselor, Philosophy for Children (Eurekamp) Summer Camp, 2013 - 14
- Presenter, Uschool Program, University of Alberta, 2013-14
- Organizer, Eugenics Awareness Week, University of Alberta, 2013
- Presenter, Philosophers in Residence Program, University of Alberta, 2012
Wide Mechanistic Computation
My doctoral research focuses 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 some computational mechanisms constitutively include elements of the embedding environment, and that these mechanisms form the proper target of computational explanations. 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.
- “Resolving two tensions in 4E cognition.” The 61st Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, May 30, 2017.
- “The Narrow Conception of Computational Psychology.” 12th Annual Open Minds Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, December 3, 2016.
- “Levels in Cognitive Science.” 24th Annual Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, August 12, 2016. (with Robert West & Andrew Brook).
- “Leveling the Field: Talking Levels in Cognitive Science.” 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, US, August 10, 2016.
- “Music Cognition and the Extended Mind.” Situating Cognition: 2nd International Conference in Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, October 18, 2015.
- “Music, Affect, and Extended Cognition.” The Affect Conference: Memory, Aesthetics, and Ethics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CA, September 19, 2015.
- “Simple Networks, Complex Music: An Investigation into Embodied Representations.” Embodied Music Cognition Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 22, 2013. (with Joshua Hathway & Michael Dawson)
2018 PPLS -Gray Publication Prize, University of Edinburgh
2016 Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Carleton University
2015 David and Rachel Epstein Award, Carleton University
2015 Alfred & Isabel Bader Student Award, Carleton University
2013 Graduate Student Award, Advanced Education, Government of Alberta
2013 Profiling Graduate Student Award, University of Alberta