I welcome applications for students to come to Edinburgh for PhD supervision with me. In Edinburgh, we have a large and vibrant PhD community (2nd only to Oxford in size), with strength in philosophy of cognitive science. We have a good placement record for our PhD students. Here is information about how to apply and scholarships.

If you are not ready to start a PhD, you should consider our taught MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition (MLEC). The MLEC is a unique interdisciplinary MSc course based in Edinburgh Philosophy. Around 30 students take the course each year. The programme has a high standing internationally and high levels of student satisfaction. Applicants may hold first degrees in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, AI, anthropology, and related disciplines.

Currently, I supervise the following PhD students:

Primary supervisor

Nina Poth
Julian Hauser
Luke Kersten

Past students

2021 George Deane The shape of subjectivity: An active inference approach to consciousness and altered self-experience
2021 Julian Hauser Where do I end? Self-models and the representation of our boundaries
2020 Luke Kersten Wide computation: A mechanistic account
2020 Nina Poth categorisation, Bayesian inference and psychological similarity
2020 Nicola Damassino The questioning Turing Test
2018 Mark Miller The entangled predictive brain: Emotion, prediction and embodied cognition
2018 Daniel Calder Predictive processing and mental representation
2017 José Araya Emotion and predictive processing: Emotions as perceptions
2017 Sarah Lane Ritchie With God in mind: Divine action and the naturalisation of consciousness
2016 Robert O’Shaughnessy A concept is a container
2015 Sam Baird Internalism and the explanatory role of narrow content
2014 Mario Villalobos The biological roots of cognition and the social origins of mind
2014 David Des Roches-Dueck Diamonds and corkscrews: A hybrid account of realization
2013 Richard Stöckle-Schobel Concept learning challenged
2013 Francesca Rossi Explaining cognitive behaviour: A neurocomputational perspective
2012 Spyros Orestis-Palermos Extending cognition in epistemology: Towards an individualistic social epistemology
2012 Peter Fazekas Tagging the world: Descrying consciousness in cognitive processes
2012 John Bray Being responsible: Why the self matters in ascribing responsibility for action (M.Phil.)
2011 Evan Butts Epistemology and mind extension
2021 George Deane The shape of subjectivity: An active inference approach to consciousness and altered self-experience
2021 Julian Hauser Where do I end? Self-models and the representation of our boundaries
Postdoc at Logos group, University of Barcelona
2020 Luke Kersten Wide computation: A mechanistic account
Postdoc at the Department of Philosophy at Ruhr University Bochum
2020 Nina Poth categorisation, Bayesian inference and psychological similarity
Postdoc at the Department of Philosophy at Ruhr University Bochum
2020 Nicola Damassino The questioning Turing Test
2018 Mark Miller The entangled predictive brain: Emotion, prediction and embodied cognition
Assistant Professor at the Hokkaido University’s Center for Human Nature, Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience
2018 Daniel Calder Predictive processing and mental representation
2017 José Araya Emotion and predictive processing: Emotions as perceptions
Lecturer in Philosophy and Psychology, Universidad de Talca, Chile
2017 Sarah Lane Ritchie With God in mind: Divine action and the naturalisation of consciousness
Lecturer in Theology and Science, University of Edinburgh
2016 Robert O’Shaughnessy A concept is a container
2015 Sam Baird Internalism and the explanatory role of narrow content
2014 Mario Villalobos The biological roots of cognition and the social origins of mind
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile
2014 David Des Roches-Dueck Diamonds and corkscrews: A hybrid account of realization
2013 Richard Stöckle-Schobel Concept learning challenged
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
2013 Francesca Rossi Explaining cognitive behaviour: A neurocomputational perspective
Research Fellow, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano
2012 Spyros Orestis-Palermos Extending cognition in epistemology: Towards an individualistic social epistemology
Lecturer in Philosophy, Cardiff University
2012 Peter Fazekas Tagging the world: Descrying consciousness in cognitive processes
Postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy and cognitive neuroscience, Aarhus University
2012 John Bray Being responsible: Why the self matters in ascribing responsibility for action (M.Phil.)
2011 Evan Butts Epistemology and mind extension
Lecturer in Philosophy, East Tennessee State University