Blog posts

Together with the rest of the PERFECT team, I run a blog called Imperfect Cognitions. Popular topics are philosophical issues emerging from the study of delusional beliefs, distorted memories, confabulatory explanations, and implicit biases. 

The blog features posts summarising recent research (on Tuesdays), presentations of new books, interviews with experts, and conference reports (on Thursdays). On some Mondays we have posts related to the optimism bias, and we also host accounts by people who have lived experience of mental distress.

Below you find links to selected posts written by me for Imperfect Cognitions and other blogs.


Confabulation: why telling ourselves stories makes us feel ok (Aeon Ideas, 13 February)

Fake news, rimedi dalla psicologia. Ma non viviamo soltanto di verità, with Anna Ichino (La Lettura, il Corriere, 30 January)


Is Loneliness a Pathology?, with Valeria Motta (Birmingham Perspective, 20 October)

PERFECT Year 4. (Imperfect Cognitions, 3 October)

Delusions and Responsibility for Action (Imperfect Cognitions, 23 May)

Children, Grief and Depression (Imperfect Cognitions, 18 May)

AMA session with Lisa Bortolotti (Reddit Philosophy, 8 March).

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond (Imperfect Cognitions, 5 January).


Project PERFECT Year 3 (Imperfect Cognitions, 4 October).

Are positive illusions epistemically innocent? (Imperfect Cognitions, 2 May).

Delusions in schizophrenia: a bigger picture? (Imperfect Cognitions, 17 March).

Mental health care is still awaiting its revolution (Birmingham Brief, 14 January).


The Ethics of Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 22 December)

Are Delusions Bad for You? (The Forum, 26 October). 

PERFECT Year Two (Imperfect Cognitions, 6 October)

Optimism and the Creation of Everyday Myths (Imperfect Cognitions, 1 September)

Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy? (Philosophy@Birmingham, 13 April)

Project PERFECT (I'm NOT disordered, 23 February)

The Upside of Delusional Beliefs (Scientia Salon, 17 February)

The Epistemic Innocence of Motivated Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 3 February)

Unintended Consequences (Imperfect Cognitions, 13 January)


Intellectual Humility: Interview with Duncan Pritchard (Imperfect Cognitions, 11 December)

Dementia and the Truth (Imperfect Cognitions, 4 November)

What is it to be irrational? (Polity Independent, 23 October)

Interview with Martin Davies (Imperfect Cognitions, 2, 9 and 16 October)

Anosognosia and Epistemic Innocence (Psychiatric Ethics, 5 October).

One Year of Epistemic Innocence (Imperfect Cognitions, 2 September)

Imperfect Cognitions (workshop report) (AHRC Science in Culture, 27 May)

Dementia Awareness Week: Interview with Marco Canevelli (Imperfect Cognitions, 22 May)

Starting a Conversation about Imperfect Cognitions (Saving Humans, 28 March)

Distorted Memories and the Self (Saving Humans, 26 March)

The Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (Saving Humans, 24 March)

Madness, Rationality, and Epistemic Innocence (Oxford University Press Blog, 18 February)

The Epistemic Innocence Project (Philosophy@Birmingham, 10 February)

Epistemic Innocence (part 5) (Imperfect Cognitions, 16 January)

Epistemic Innocence (part 3) (Imperfect Cognitions, 1 January)


Epistemic Innocence (part 1) (Imperfect Cognitions, 9 December)

Distortions of Memory: Costs and Benefits (Imperfect Cognitions, 26 November)

Lessons from the Breivik case (Birmingham Perspective, 20 November)

What's Positive about Positive Illusions? (Imperfect Cognitions, 31 October)

The Rise of Delusions in Philosophy (Imperfect Cognitions, 13 October)

Is there anything good about delusions? (Brains, 31 July)

False selves and fading selves (Brains, 27 July)

Authoring choices and constructing the self (Brains, 23 July)

Confabulatory explanations (Brains, 17 July)

Epistemic definitions of delusion and confabulation (Brains, 13 July)

Why delusions (Brains, 8 July)

Delusions in the DSM 5 (Imperfect Cognitions, 7 June)

Rationality and Delusions (Imperfect Cognitions, 3 June)

Making sense of psychiatry (The Birmingham Brief, 8 February)


Hypnosis and Responsibility for Action (Neuroethics & Law, 26 June)

Self-governance and Wellbeing (Neuroethìcs and the Law, 21 June)

Delusional Narratives (Neuroethics & Law, 18 June)

Self-narratives and Autonomy (Neuroethics & Law, 14 June)

Autonomy and Mental Illness (Neuroethics & Law, 11 June)

A Case Study Revisited (Neuroethics & Law, 8 June)

A Case Study (Neuroethics & Law, 5 June 2012)

Moral Responsibility: An Incremental View? (Neuroethics & Law, 1 June)

New Guest Blogger (Neuroethics & Law, 28 May)


Is there a right to know in psychiatry? (Wellcome Trust Blog, 10 August)


Can we all become delusional with hypnosis? (The Splintered Mind, 14 September)

Are people responsible for acting on delusions? (The Splintered Mind, 5 September)

Delusions and action (The Splintered Mind, 24 August)

Delusions and self-knowledge (The Splintered Mind, 16 August)

Can you believe that you are dead? (The Splintered Mind, 11 August)

Clinical Delusions: What are they? (The Splintered Mind, 6 August)