•  630
    Neither touch nor vision: sensory substitution as artificial synaesthesia?
    Biology and Philosophy 28 (4): 639-655. 2013.
    Block (Trends Cogn Sci 7:285–286, 2003) and Prinz (PSYCHE 12:1–19, 2006) have defended the idea that SSD perception remains in the substituting modality (auditory or tactile). Hurley and Noë (Biol Philos 18:131–168, 2003) instead argued that after substantial training with the device, the perceptual experience that the SSD user enjoys undergoes a change, switching from tactile/auditory to visual. This debate has unfolded in something like a stalemate where, I will argue, it has become difficult …Read more
  •  508
    Three Approaches to Human Cognitive Development: Neo-nativism, Neuroconstructivism, and Dynamic Enskillment
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (2): 617-641. 2016.
    In Section 1, I introduce three views that explain human cognitive development from different standpoints: Marcus’s neo-nativism, standard neuroconstructivism, and neo-neuroconstructivism. In Section 2, I assess Marcus’s attempt to reconcile nativism with developmental flexibility. In Section 3, I argue that in structurally reconfiguring nativism, Marcus ends up transforming it into an unrecognizable form, and I claim that his view could be accommodated within the more general framework provided…Read more
  •  478
    The evolved apprentice. How evolution made humans unique: 2012 , $35.00, 264 pages (review)
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (4): 915-923. 2013.
  •  441
    The Extended Mind Thesis
    with Kiverstein Julian and Andy Clark
    Oxford Bibliographies Online. forthcoming.
  •  288
    Beyond the Brain - How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds (review)
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. forthcoming.
    Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds is an eye-opening and thought- provoking book that sets out a much-needed contribution to the study of the relationship between animals, cognition and the environment. The volume provides remarkable new insights into how to understand animal (including human) behavior, raises interesting questions about the role of environmental affordances in the emergence of complex cognitive processes and provides the reader with a refres…Read more
  •  267
    Perception, Action, and Consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems (review)
    Journal of Mind and Behavior 32 (4). 2011.
    Perception, Action, and Consciousness: Sensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems is a state-of-the-art collection whose main goal is to explore, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the relationship between action and perception. A second goal of the volume is to investigate how perception and action interact specifically in the production of phenomenal awareness. In presenting and contrasting the major perspectives on the field, this volume marks a good sign of the progress being made on t…Read more
  •  127
    On the Active Boundaries of Vision
    Biology and Philosophy. forthcoming.
  •  115
    Substituting the Senses
    with Julian Kiverstein and Andy Clark
    In Mohan Matthen (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception, Oxford University Press. forthcoming.
    Sensory substitution devices are a type of sensory prosthesis that (typically) convert visual stimuli transduced by a camera into tactile or auditory stimulation. They are designed to be used by people with impaired vision so that they can recover some of the functions normally subserved by vision. In this chapter we will consider what philosophers might learn about the nature of the senses from the neuroscience of sensory substitution. We will show how sensory substitution devices work by ex…Read more
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    Much of the literature directed at the Extended Mind Thesis has revolved around parity issues, focussing on the problem of how to individuate the functional roles and on the relevance of these roles for the production of human intelligent behaviour. Proponents of EMT have famously claimed that we shouldn’t take the location of a process as a reliable indicator of the mechanisms that support our cognitive behaviour. This functionalist understanding of cognition has however been challenged by oppo…Read more