I’m a researcher in philosophy and cognitive science.
My very first interest was in what thinking is and how it works. Early on, I realised that for understanding this, I needed to investigate how we think and play together.
Now, I investigate the connections between how we interact, how we understand each other, how we understand the world (together), and who we are.
Broadly, I study the role of social interaction processes in intersubjectivity.
For doing this, I have proposed the concept of participatory sense-making. This is also the name of the enactive approach to intersubjectivity that I’m developing, which connects the interpersonal coordination of movements (including speech) in interaction with the coordination of sense-making activities.
Putting the interaction process at the centre of the study of social understanding entails a detailed and focused examination of it. This is being done in the social sciences (interaction studies, conversation analysis, context analysis, etc.), but it is a new idea in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. One pillar of this work is the investigation of individual sense-making, which is the immersed and meaningful engagement of self-organization and self-maintaining agents with their environment. If we think of how interaction influences sense-making, this has implications for how we think of individuals as well.
I also apply the idea of participatory sense-making to autism, initially to have a testbed for my ideas, but eventually I would like to see what the idea can mean for diagnosis and intervention.
This work is inherently interdisciplinary. Even though most of my work to date is theoretical, I draw on empirical research from disciplines ranging from anthropology and linguistics, over evolutionary robotics, minimal systems research, developmental, experimental and clinical psychology, to psychiatry, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently, I have started to do empirical work in some of these areas myself. For instance, I am working with Prof. Vasu Reddy at Portsmouth on a study of interaction in a double video set-up.