Jason A. Clark, PhD
Post-Doctoral Researcher
animal emotionale II
University of Osnabrueck
Institute of Cognitive Science
Albrechtstrasse 28
49076 Osnabrueck


From 2009-2014, I was a post-doc at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany.  From 2009-2012, I was a part of animal emotionale II, a three-year interdisciplinary project funded by The Volkswagen Foundation, within the initiative “Key Issues in the Humanities”.  In this project I focused on the issue of evolutionary explanations of emotion, especially disgust, continuing and expanding the work I began in my doctoral dissertation.  As part of this project I organized a conference on the Evolution of Disgust: From Oral to Moral

In 2010 I was also a Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, based in the UCLA Anthropology Department.

In 2013 I joined the Changing Brains Project funded by The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung), in which we will examine a wide variety of theoretical and ethical issues associated with brain plasticity.  I focused primarily on two sub-projects: “Neural Reuse and Evo-Devo: A Conceptual Structure for Taxonomizing Plasticity “, and “Plasticity in Addiction: How the Brain Changes in Addiction, and How Addicts’ Perceptions of Changeability Impact Treatment and Recovery”.  As part of this project I co-organized a conference on Neuroplasticity in Addiction: From Genes to Culture and Back Again.

I studied both Western and Asian philosophy at Macalester College, where I graduated magna cum laude, with an honors thesis entitled: The Philosophy of Gustav Bergmann and its Relations to Logical Positivism.  Following that, I studied logic and philosophy of science at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science: The University of Minnesota for two years before transferring to Syracuse University. At Syracuse University I studied neuroscience and philosophy, graduating with distinction in 2010 with a PhD dissertation entitled: Evolutionary, Developmental, and Functional Continuities between Basic and Higher-Cognitive Emotions: Implications for Philosophical Theories of Emotion.