From January 2017-August 2018 I am a Research Fellow on the Philosophy, Science, and Religion Project at the Eidyn Research Centre, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Contact: mog (dot) stapleton (at) ed.ac.uk

PhD in Philosophy (Edin. 2012), MSc in Cognitive Science (Edin. 2005), MLitt in Philosophy (St Andrews, 2004), MA in German & Philosophy (Glasgow, 2002)

I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Cognitive Science under the supervision of Andy Clark at the University of Edinburgh. My main philosophical influences have been Andy Clark's approach to embodied cognitive science and Evan Thompson's enactive philosophy of mind in life. I was drawn into the area of philosophy of cognition, emotion and the body as an undergraduate as a result of reading Antonio Damasio's book Descartes' Error. Since then I have alternately been exploring research in philosophy, cognitive science, and neuroscience to get a better understanding of the bodily and emotional contribution to cognition and experience.

From April-December 2016 I held a Teach@Tübingen Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted by the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Tübingen. From December 2015-March 2016 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme at the University of Macau (SAR, China). Prior to this I worked as a postdoc/assistant professor in Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Stuttgart.

Current research interests:
I work at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and neurophysiology. My research is focussed on understanding what contributions the non-neural body, and the sense of the internal body (interoception), make to perception, cognition, and experience and - in particular - how this relates to feelings, emotions, and the experience of psychopathology. 

Published research:
Copies of my research papers can be found on my Academia sitemy ResearchGate page, and through my Google Scholar Citations profile.