Team Members

Lara Bräuchle

Student Assistant

BA Philosophy, Vienna 

Currently studying MA in Cognitive Science

Keith Harris


BA Philosophy & English (State University of New York, Oswego), MA Philosophy (University of Missouri, Columbia), PhD Philosophy (University of Missouri, Columbia), with a dissertation on social metaphysics, group minds, and group epistemic states. 

Researching extended and group cognition, social epistemology, and applied epistemology.

François Kammerer


PhD Philosophy, Sorbonne
MA Philosophy, Lyon
BA Philosophy, Lyon

François was awarded a Postdoctoral fellowship by the Humboldt-Foundation to pursue his work on a book on illusionism about consciousness.

Yizhi Li

PhD Student

MA Philosophy, Bonn
BA Philosophy, 

Yizhi will be working on a PhD thesis on Mindwandering in the context of the Research Training Group on Situated Cognition (2023-2026).

Firuze Mullaoglu

Student Assistant

BA Psychology, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University

Firuze is pursuing an MA in Cognitive Science. Her BA thesis discussed the effects of psychological distance on stereotyping, middle way orientation and cognitive flexibility.

Bartosz Radomski

PhD Student

MSc Cognitive Science, Bochum
BA Philosophy & Economics, Edinburgh

In his MA thesis, Bartosz investigated the theoretical status of the Free Energy Principle and continues his interest in foundational theories of cognition, dis-cussing the relations bet-ween the free energy approach and autopoietic enactivism which are both connected via their inter-pretations of the notion of adaptivity.

Matt Sims


PhD Philosophy, Edinburgh
MSc Philosophy, Edinburgh
BA Philosophy, London

Matt is interested in the biological origins of cognition and in how different forms of cognition are expressed in intelligent purposeful behaviour across a wide range of biological systems - from bacteria to humans, using the conceptual apparatus of ecological psychology, active inference, cybernetic control theory, and self-organising complex systems theory.

Caroline Stankozi

Student Assistant

BA Philosophy & Sociology, Bielefeld

Caroline is pursuing an MA in Philosophy with a special inter-est in philosophy of mind and cognition. In particular, she has already written a BA thesis on whether minimal cognition requires a nervous system and is leading a reading group on cognition in minimal biological systems.

Tobias Starzak

Science Manager
PhD Philosophy, Bochum
MA Philosophy, Cologne

After having worked on Animal Minds and Rationality, Tobias has focused on understanding actions and reasons, and is also interested in cognition in biological and artificial  systems generally.

Elmarie Venter

PhD Philosophy, Bochum

Elmarie's current research is at the intersection of 4E and predictive processing accounts of cognition.

Nadine Overkamp

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