Welcome to the website of Dr. Kathleen Akins and The Neurophilosophy Research Group at Simon Fraser University.
"Neurophilosophy" is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of philosophy and the neurosciences. In neurophilosophy, we attempt to understand how various traditional, long-standing problems about the nature of the mind and the world can be resolved (or at least nudged towards resolution) by current findings within the neurosciences. In this group, we use current research within neurophysiology, neuropsychology, neurethology and psychophysics in order to understand the nature of perception, cognition, consciousness, the emotions and mental representation in general.
Kathleen Akins is a James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellow in the field of Philosophy of Science, a Burnaby Mountain Endowed Research Professor, and a member of the Philosophy Department. After a long absence from academia due to illness, most of which was spent sitting in bed and waiting for a diagnosis, Dr. Akins is now happy to be back at SFU. For details about Dr. Akins' current research, courses and graduate students in neurophilosophy, please use the menu tabs, above.
July 16, 2012. On-going Website Update!
Over the next week or two, this website will undergo a long needed up-date. Please check back for an update of our People page plus new, more informative pages on individual research projects.
March, 2012. Finished at last!!!!
After 3 full years of survey-taking, both at SFU and at Charles University in Prague, the SFU-Charles University Syneasthesia Survey Project is complete. The result is over 10,000 completed surveys — 5,000 native Czech speakers, 5,000 native English speakers, and an added bonus of approximately 2500 multi-lingual students from SFU. A huge thanks to all who participated!!
We are now looking at the data and preparing two new papers: "A Large-Scale Comparative Study of Synaesthesia in Czech and English Native Speakers" and "Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia in Czech Speakers".
For more information on the project and on these two papers, see the RESEARCH section of this website.
Jan., 2012. A Concrete Dirigible?!? Naahhhh...can't be right.
Oh, but it is right. And it's not even a post-modern Led Zeppelin wanna-be band.
Nope. It's the post-event website of the SSHRC-funded workshop "Varieties of Cortical Colour Vision", held in Vancouver, August 4-7, 2011. You can find slides from the workshop, a selection of papers by the authors, and, in a few months, new papers that will be coming out in an issue of Special Topics in Cognitive Science.
You can link to The Concrete Dirigible at: http://www.sfu.ca/colour/concrete_dirigible/