The PERFECT team

 

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Lisa Bortolotti (Principal Investigator)

I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. I work in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences, focusing on what philosophers of mind can learn from psychology and psychiatry. In particular, I write about “imperfect cognitions”, that is, delusions and other forms of irrational thought. I also have interests in psychiatric ethics and biomedical ethics more generally.

 



 

Michael Larkin (Co-Investigator)

I am Reader in Psychology at Aston University. My research interests include: phenomenology and psychological methods; relatedness and recovery; culture and wellbeing; empathy; anomalous experiences.

 

 

Ema Sullivan-Bissett (Research Fellow)

I am now Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham. From October 2014 to September 2016 I was a Research Fellow in Philosophy, working on beliefs as part of project PERFECT. My research interests are in the philosophy of mind and psychology, specifically belief and its connection to truth, self-deception, and delusion. I am also interested in biological approaches to what are characteristically thought to be normative questions in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and ethics.

 



 

Katherine Puddifoot (Research Fellow)

Since October 2015 I have been a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on memory as part of project PERFECT. My research interests are in philosophy of psychology and epistemology, specifically irrational thoughts that are the result of automatic and associative thinking. Currently I am investigating the epistemic status of distorted memories, including the positive and negative impact that they can have on the accuracy of perception.  

 


 

Sophie Stammers (Research Fellow)

Since October 2016 I have been a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on confabulation as part of project PERFECT. My research interests are in the philosophy of mind and psychology, specifically implicit cognition and the nature of the implicit/explicit distinction. I will be investigating the costs and benefits of confabulatory explanations, including how they might shape our principles and preferences.

 


 

Andrea Polonioli (Research Fellow)

From September 2016 to September 2017 I was a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on belief as part of project PERFECT. My main research interests are in the philosophy and psychology of judgment and decision-making. In particular, I investigate how people reason and how they should be reasoning. I also have research interests in science ethics and scientometrics.

 

 

Magdalena Antrobus (PhD Student)

From October 2014 to September 2017 I have been a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on imperfect cognitions in the clinical population as part of project PERFECT. My research  focuses on philosophy of psychiatry and psychology, and especially on the psychological and epistemic benefits of mental disorders.

 



 

Valeria Motta (PhD Student)

Since October 2016 I have been a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, working on imperfect cognitions in the non-clinical population as part of project PERFECT. I am interested in the relationship between cognition and emotion and I plan to explore the possibility that ‘inaccurate emotions’ carry any epistemic value.