Since May 2013, I run a group blog called Imperfect Cognitions (in February 2021 Kengo Miyazono joined me as co-editor of the blog). Popular topics are philosophical issues emerging from the study of delusional beliefs, distorted memories, confabulatory explanations, cognitive biases, and implicit cognitions. The blog features posts summarising recent research, presentations of new books, interviews with experts, and conference reports. We also have posts related to the optimism bias, and we also host accounts by people who have lived experience of mental distress.

Below I list posts written for other blogs or online magazines, most recent first.


COVID-19 Exceptionalism, with Kathleen Murphy-Hollies (Open for Debate, 23 August)

Agency in Youth Mental Health (Power to Persuade, 22 June).

The Philosophical Implications of Psychology, with Kengo Miyazono (Polity Blog, 10 May).

Irrationality, Covid, conspiracy theories, and imperfect cognitions (Talking Humanities, 18 March).


Conspiracy theories may seem irrational, but they fulfil a basic human need, with Anna Ichino. (The Conversation, 9 December).

An exceptionally British hypocrisy, with Kathleen Murphy-Hollies (iai news, 4 December).

Extending epistemic innocence beyond belief. (Brains, 16 October).

Optimism: ignorance of hope? (Brains, 15 October).

Confabulation: good, bad, or inevitable? (Brains, 14 October).

Delusions revisited (Brains, 13 October).

The Epistemic Innocence of Irrational Beliefs (Brains, 12 October).


Elsa hears voices: Frozen II and youth mental health. (University of Birmingham, 16 December).


PERFECT meets Out of Blue: changing perceptions of mental health difficulties. (Birmingham Perspective, 10 October).
Overcoming injustice in mental health: is there a role for philosophy?, with Sophie Stammers (Mental Elf, 10 October).
What's your story? (iai news, 12 September).
Optimism and the Good Life (iai news, 21 August).
How validating their distorted memories helps people with dementia (Aeon Ideas, 25 June)
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)
AMA session with Lisa Bortolotti (Reddit Philosophy, 8 March).


"Us and Them" no longer: mental health concerns us all (Birmingham Brief, 5 November).
Are Delusions Bad for You? (The Forum, 26 October). 3QD Philosophy 2015 Prize Finalist.
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)
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Reverse Othello Syndrome and Epistemic Innocence (Philosop-her, 30 October)
What is it to be irrational? (Polity Independent, 23 October)
Imperfect Cognitions (workshop report) (AHRC Science in Culture, 27 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)


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