Team Members

Krzysztof Dolega


MSc Edinburgh
PhD Bochum 2020

Krys has been a grooup member from the start in 2014. His dissertation topic was Content and Consciousness in Predictive Processing. During his PhD project he spent research visits at Tufts to work with Daniel Dennett who was his second thesis supervisor.

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.

Fran├žois Kammerer


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

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

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.

Nina Poth


MSc Cognitive Science, Bochum
PhD Edinburgh

Nina has just joined the group in spring 2020, armed with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She specializes in Bayesian theories of cognition and she will investigate mental phenomena from this angle.

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.