Research

Rationality in cognitive and computational science

My dissertation project focused on the rational evaluation of mental states (like implicit attitudes) and mental processes (like heuristics) studied by cognitive scientists. Some papers that stem from this project include:

The Rational Dynamics of Implicit Thought. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2021. [pdf]

Reasoning with Heuristics. Ratio, 2020. [pdf]

I am currently working on extending this perspective to so-called "computational" rationality approaches in the cognitive and computational sciences. Watch this space!

Normative and theoretical questions in artificial intelligence

In my current position, I am focused on understanding the normative and theoretical import of artificial intelligence technologies. This work remains ongoing, but some initial research includes:

Quantum of Wisdom (with Colin Allen). Forthcoming in Viggiano (ed.), Quantum Computing and AI: Social, Ethical, and Geo-Political Implications (University of Toronto Press). [pdf]

Engineered Wisdom for Learning Machines (with Colin Allen). [taken down for review, but feel free to email me for a copy!]

Human Achievement and Artificial Intelligence. [taken down for review, but feel free to email me for a copy!]

Authenticity in Algorithm-Aided Decision-Making. [taken down for review, but feel free to email me for a copy!]

Empirical work

Often my work involves collaborations with cognitive and computer scientists. Some non-philosophical papers I have been on include:

Damage to the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Impairs Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories (with Amy Belfi and Dan Tranel). Psychomusicology, 2018. [pdf]

Neural Correlates of Recognition and Naming of Musical Instruments (with Amy Belfi, Joel Bruss, Taylor Abel, and Dan Tranel). Neuropsychology, 2016. [pdf]

Music Evokes Vivid Autobiographical Memories (with Amy Belfi and Dan Tranel). Memory, 2016. [pdf]