All posts filed under: Philosophy

#PotW: Multisensory emotion processing in the adult and infant brain

When: Thursday 9 February 2017, 5 – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy, Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Sarah Jessen, University of Lübeck Humans very successfully recognize others’ emotions. It is the combination of a variety of information channels – including facial, bodily, and vocal […]

#PotW: CenSes Seminar | Is metacognition supramodal?

When: Thursday 29 September 2016, 5pm – 7pm Who: Institute of Philosophy Where: Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Speaker: Nathan Faivre (Paris) Metacognition is the capacity to introspect on one’s own mental states. Because metacognition is mostly characterized through confidence reports in visual tsaks, some of its core properties remain debated, including […]

Dr Ambedkar: a visionary for human rights

In an unassuming street in London’s posh Primrose Hill, there is a buzz about a particular house that was purchased last September by India’s state government of Maharashtra, and opened as a museum and learning centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its blue plaque reads: ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for Social Justice, […]

#PotW: MacroCognition in humans and insects – The Human Mind Project Seminar Series

Should explanations in cognitive science always begin from individualist assumptions? Animals must process sources of information that help them to eat, drink, and reproduce. And natural selection typically increases the frequency of genes associated with individual fitness, as individuals with such genes tend to reproduce more frequently than those with rival alleles. So self-preservation plays […]

#PotW: ‘A Good Death?’, 28 Oct.

A collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Supported by the John Coffin Memorial Trust. Speakers: Prof. Andrew Cooper (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust), Dr Mary Bradury (British Psychoanalytical Society), Prof. Michael Trapp (KCL), Prof. Eleanor Robson (UCL), chaired by Paul Jenkins, OBE (CEO of the Tavistock and […]

Grubs up: the taste of insects can do the talking

Dr Ophelia Deroy, associate director of the Institute of Philosophy and researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Senses, talks about her research around people’s reluctance to eat insects, which she has been working on in association with food visionary, Ben Reade and Charles Spence, Oxford University’s professor of experimental psychologist. What made you […]

Doing Quantitative Research in the Humanities

Data can be described as quantitative if it can be measured or identified on a numerical scale. Examples include length, height, area, volume, weight, speed, age, distance, cost and so on. However, not all data using numbers is quantitative: Datasets are often classified into categorical data, i.e. using numbers as descriptors. Arithmetic performed on the […]