Dr Sam Wilkinson

Lecturer (Philosophy)

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01392 72 7068

I work on hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, trauma, and the nature of illness and wellbeing. I also have a general interest in perception, action and emotion as viewed from predictive processing and embodied perspectives, and especially in the way that the mind harnesses social and cultural context to enhance and shape cognition.

My office is Byrne House FF11, and my office hours are: Monday 12-1 and Friday 2-3.

 

 

Research interests

My main research interests lie in philosophy of psychiatry and cognitive science. More specifically, I work on hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, trauma, and the nature of mental illness and wellbeing. I also have a general interest in perception, action and emotion as viewed from predictive processing and embodied perspectives, and especially in the way that the mind harnesses social and cultural context to enhance and shape cognition.

Biography

Before joing the department at Exeter in September 2018, I was a Postdoctoral Rearch Fellow in Edinburgh on the ERC-funded project "Expecting Ourselves: Embodied Prediction and the Construction of Conscious Experience" (March 2017 - September 2018). This project sought to understand consciousness in terms of the predictive processing framework.

Before that (August 2013 - March 2017), I was a postdoc on the interdisiciplinary Wellcome Trust-funded "Hearing the Voice" project, which examined the phenomenon on hearing voices in a wide variety of contexts (including, importantly, non-clinical contexts).

From September 2009 to May 2013 I worked towards the completion of my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. My thesis was on delusions and the nature and norms of believing. Previously, I got a Masters in Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the Jean Nicod Insititute in Paris, and an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford.