The Cognition & Philosophy Lab is an interdisciplinary research group located in the Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
The Lab was established in 2010. Using theoretical and empirical techniques, we explore philosophy of mind and neuroscience. Our approach is strongly interdisciplinary, blending the boundaries between philosophy and other disciplines such as neuroscience, psychiatry, physics and engineering.
Much of our research revolves around the predictive coding theory of cognition—the idea that the brain is a sophisticated hypothesis-tester, continually minimising its own prediction error through both perception and action. We study the science of consciousness (what is consciousness, how can it be studied and measured, how does it arise in the brain?); theoretical neurobiology (what are the foundational principles of brain function, what does that tell us about the human mind, how can we empirically test theories of brain function?); self and bodily awareness (what is the self, is it real, what is autonomy, how do we represent bodies?); psychiatry and neurology (studies on Autism, Schizotypy, Alcohol Addiction, Depression, Eating Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Functional Motor Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease).
Our methods include behavioural tasks, psychophysics, EEG, and fMRI. See our research page for more detailed information on our current projects.
The lab has collaborators from throughout Australia and the rest of the world. The lab’s PhD students are regularly co-supervised with researchers from neuroscience, neurology and engineering. We welcome expressions of interest from new, potential PhD students.