I am a philosopher of mind working at the interface of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. My research focuses on mental phenomena related to human suffering which appears to me as one of the most enigmatic, but also fascinating research subjects.
I have intensively worked on the nature of pain and other bodily sensations in due consideration of recent empirical data. My research encompasses the phenomenality, neural implementation, causal embeddedness, and biological function of these mental phenomena.
Currently, I extend my field of research to different kinds of suffering, such as grief and depression, and develop a follow-up project located at the interface of philosophy and psychiatry. Concepts of situated cognition are proving to be increasingly influential.
Furthermore, I run in cooperation with other researchers first experiments on the folk concept of pain and the contextual interpretation of pain reports.
Finally, another research area of mine is the philosophy of social understanding, especially the plurality of epistemic strategies and the crucial role of mindreading.