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.
Using philosophical and experimental techniques, the Lab explores the nature of consciousness, the self, brain and body. Our interdisciplinary approach blends the boundaries between philosophy and other disciplines such as neuroscience, psychiatry, biology, and physics and engineering.
The Lab studies: the science of consciousness (what is consciousness, how does it arise in the brain, what is the nature of the self?); theoretical neurobiology (what are the foundational principles of brain function, what does that tell us about the human mind?); decision-making and rationality (what is rationality and how do we form rational decisions?); psychiatry and neurology (understanding conditions such as autism, substance abuse, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, 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.