Ann-Sophie Barwich, PhD
I am a cognitive scientist and empirical philosopher & historian of science, technology, and the senses.
I am Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington. I divide my brain-time between the Department of History & Philosophy of Science and the Cognitive Science Program. Estimated begin of lab (EEG/Olfactometry) in early 2021.
My book Smellosophy: What the Nose tells the Mind highlights the importance of thinking about the sense of smell as a model for neuroscience and the senses (published in 2020 with Harvard University Press).
My research in the Philosophy of Olfaction investigates:
Previously, I was a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at The Center for Science & Society, Columbia University (2015-2018). There, I was the resident philosopher in the laboratory of the neuroscientist Stuart Firestein.
Further, I have held a Research Fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Vienna (2013-15). I received my PhD in Philosophy at the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences, University of Exeter (2013), for my thesis titled, “Making Sense of Smell: Classifications and Model Thinking in Olfaction Theory;" and I hold an MA in Philosophy and Literature Theory from the Humboldt-University, Berlin (2009), with a thesis on causality in Leibniz and its relevance for theories of biological classification.
I am also fascinated by (the history of) magic for its implications in understanding the effects that conjuring tricks play on our minds.
Contact: as.barwich_at_gmail.com Twitter: @smellosopher
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