The Monash Philosophy & Cognition Lab is a unique interdisciplinary research unit situated in the philosophy department. In collaboration with a number of research groups both at Monash and internationally, the lab conducts research in philosophically relevant areas of psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience.
Many of the projects we pursue are informed by the notion of the brain as a sophisticated hypothesis tester. This is a powerful and increasingly influential theoretical framework for understanding a very wide range of mental and cognitive phenomena, many of which are of deep significance for philosophical issues.
In the lab and with our collaborators, we apply this general framework to basic visual and auditory perception, to multisensory integration, and to higher cognitive functions. We apply this to cognition in healthy participants and in patient groups, such as autism.