Mind, Body and Culture

Strand leader: Giovanna Colombetti

Researchers in the Mind, Body, and Culture cluster share an interest in questions pertaining to the nature of the mind and its relation to the body and the environment, including the sociocultural environment. A distinctive and unique feature of this group is that it takes a broad perspective on the ‘mind’ — addressing it not just as a set of cognitive processes, but also in its affective and conscious dimensions.

The group meets regularly to discuss research in the field of ‘4E cognition’ (the idea that cognition is embodied, embedded, enactive, and extended), as well as working in STS, philosophy of science, aesthetics, cognitive anthropology and material culture studies. Its members have published individually and together in these areas, drawing on their specific expertise and strengths in philosophy of emotion and the body, social cognition, and phenomenology (Giovanna Colombetti, Luna Dolezal, Joel Krueger), and in philosophy of science, philosophy of perception and epistemology (Adam Toon, Tom Roberts).

Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement

Ginny Russell
Wellcome Trust
2015 - 2020

Cognition in Science

Adam Toon
EU Marie Curie Fellowship
2013 - 2015

EMOTER: Emoting the Embodied Mind

Giovanna Colombetti
European Commission
2010 - 2014