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Research Posts

 

Postdoctoral Fellow 
Department of Philosophy
University of Antwerp, Belgium

October 2018-present

Three-year research position with the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp, Belgium, led by Erik Myin. My research aims to explore the potential of embodied and enactive cognitive science for explaining pretending.


Enactivism includes interaction in its explanation of cognition, and often relies on dynamical explanations of cognition that stress the interplay between the brain, the body and the (social) environment. It has only begun to be applied to basic forms of pretend playing with objects, but more needs to be said to account for absences or keeping track of fiction. My work looks at development of role play and imaginary play, and aims to show that enactivist account of complex pretending is possible. This research is useful for therapeutic practice that makes use of pretend play. 

Postdoctoral researcher 
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
Polish Academy of Sciences

October 2017 - September 2018

I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the project ‘Cognitive Science: In Search of Unity’, led by Prof Marcin Miłkowski.

My research included the topics of possible integration of philosophical cognitive frameworks (enactivism and representationalism), unification of philosophical methodologies (mechanical and dynamical models of cognition) as well as interdisciplinary methodologies (philosophical theory and empirical findings).


Read the full description of the project by clicking the link to our website below.

Early-stage researcher
Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'TESIS'
University of Hertfordshire, UK

October 2011 - October 2014

I was formerly an early-stage researcher in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'TESIS' ('Towards the Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity'), working alongside Daniel D. Hutto and Shaun Gallagher on the theories of embodied cognition and radical enactivism.

The project explored (i) the theoretical possibility of non-representational ways of understanding early, pre-linguistic forms of pretence and (ii) how socio-cultural practices influence imaginative play, looking at how these practices could serve as a bridge between embodied intersubjective engagements and the acquisition of narrative-based modes of understanding others.

Read the full description of the project by clicking the link to our website below.