My research

My research

My main research areas are philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of biology. I’m especially interested in perception animal cognition, artificial intelligence, and the evolution of the mind. I am currently a Research Associate with the Kinds of Intelligence project at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, where I run the Kinds of the Intelligence reading group. Our current schedule is available here.


Apply rich psychological terms in AI with care (forthcoming in Nature Machine Intelligence). Coauthored with Dr Marta Halina.

Pain, Placebo, and Cognitive Penetration (forthcoming in Mind & Language). Coauthored with Dr Phoebe Friessen.

Conceptual Short-Term Memory: A Missing Part of the Mind? (2017). Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 24, No. 7-8.

The Lower Bounds of Desire (2017). Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 24, No. 5-6.  Joint winner of Fifth Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology.

Manuscripts under review

Suffer the Robot? Pathways to artificial moral patiency

Animal suffering and felt unpleasantness: a sensory-motivational account 

The Varieties of Categorization and the Perception-Cognition Debate 

Cognitive Theories of Consciousness and the Trivial Realisation Argument


Book chapters

Chapter 5: Qualia and ‘raw feels’. In Intro to Philosophy of Mind, edited by Heather Salazar, in Introduction to Philosophy Series, edited by Christina Hendricks, Rebus Foundation Publishing, Quebec, Montreal, Canada, forthcoming 2018



Popular writing

Brutality Is Common in Video Games, but Not Sexual Violence. Why? (2018). Aeon.


Doctoral and Masters theses

Consciousness, Perception, and Short-Term Memory (Doctoral Thesis)

Linking phenomenal and access consciousness: a case for sparse representations (BPhil thesis)


© Henry Shevlin 2015