Hello! I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. I am affiliated with the Philosophy Department in the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion; and with the Institute for Mental Health in the School of Psychology.
My research is in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences.
I write about the limitations of human cognition and human agency, investigating faulty reasoning and irrational beliefs, delusions, confabulations, distorted memories, poor knowledge of the self, unreliable self narratives, self deception, inconsistencies between attitudes and behaviour, unrealistic optimism, and other positive illusions.
Currently I lead a 5-year project on Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts (PERFECT), funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2014-2019).
My latest book is Irrationality (Polity Press, 2014). A book on delusions (Delusions in Context) with new insights from experts in clinical practice, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy is forthcoming this year with Palgrave. I am also completing a research monograph entitled Epistemic Innocence gathering the main results of my research in the last five years.
I have recently done a TEDxBrum talk on the stigma associated with mental health issues, inspired by my work for project PERFECT (click on the right to watch).
In 2013 I founded Imperfect Cognitions, a group blog featuring two new posts a week, with research updates, interviews with experts, first-person experiences of mental distress, and conference reports. Check it out!