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"I develop an integrative model of the self that facilitates the interdisciplinary dialogue and offers new insights for understanding psychopathology and relationship dynamics. One of the core tenets of my research is that the human self is never complete, but an open and ongoing project, which requires the contribution of others. We are not islands. We are who we are because of our relations and interactions with others."
Since 2017: Principal Investigator at Inter-Self Lab
2015-2017: Marie Curie Experienced Researcher/IPODI Fellow at TU
2014-2015: Research Fellow, “Science Beyond Scientism”, Theoretical Philosophy, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012-2014: Marie Curie Post-doctoral Researcher, Marie Curie Research Training Network, “Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity” (TESIS), University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain
2008-2012: PhD in Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Research Fellow, “Adaptivity in Hybrid Systems”, Research and Teaching Assistant, Philosophy of Mind, Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrueck, Germany
- self and identity
- enactive and extended cognition
- interaction and relationship dynamics
IPODI Research Project
The Embodied and Social Self
Duration: 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2017
Mentor: Prof. Dr. Günter Abel, Faculty I, Institut für Philosophie, Literatur- Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Fachgebiet für Theoretische Philosophie
Abstract: My Project The Embodied and Social Self (EASE) sheds new light on an old question: what is the human self? EASE aims to clarify the concept of self at the intersection of philosophy and cognitive science, and identifies conceptual challenges that the field of embodied cognitive science currently faces: what is the self, what is a body, how are self and body interrelated and what is the role of social interactions? By addressing these challenges, my projects aims to critically advance the development of a cross-disciplinary model of the self that accommodates the diversity of aspects associated with the self while offering a clear integrative principle. The central proposal of my project is that the self is an ongoing achievement of active engagement in bodily mediated social interaction processes that bring about a sense of independence from and opennesses to others. EASE seeks to advance the dialogue between philosophy and the relevant empirical disciplines by deriving novel implications for understanding disorders of the self, especially schizophrenia.