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.

Select papers

Apply rich psychological terms in AI with care (under review). Coauthored with Dr Marta Halina.

Pain, Placebo, and Cognitive Penetration (under review). Coauthored with Dr Phoebe Friessen.

Animal suffering and felt unpleasantness: a sensory-motivational account (under review)

The Varieties of Categorization and the Perception-Cognition Debate (under review)

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

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

The Lower Bounds of Desire (joint winner of Fifth Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology; published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 24, No. 5-6, May/June 2017.)

Mapping Intelligence: Requirements and Possibilities (Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017). Multi-author paper.

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

Survival, Extinction, and The Future of Humanity (thesis plan; joint winner of the the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute Thesis Prize Competition)


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

Select Presentations

CSTM: A Missing Part of the Mind (presentation for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June 2015)

Conceptual short-term memory and the richness of experience (presentation for the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, July 2015)

Canon, fan-fiction, and imaginary worlds – a philosophical perspective (presentation for the April 2015 Thinking Serially conference hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center)


© Henry Shevlin 2015