Team

Lisa Bortolotti

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Lisa is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (UK). She works in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences and her main interest is in irrational beliefs. From September 2015 to September 2016, Lisa dedicated 20% of her time to the Costs and Benefits of Optimism project. Lisa is currently leading a project called PERFECT, funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, and focusing on the pragmatic and epistemic benefits of imperfect cognitions.

Lisa has recently co-authored a review paper on costs and benefits of optimism and realism with Magdalena Antrobus that appeared in Current Opinion in Psychiatry. See the Publications tab for more recent work on optimism.

                                 


Anneli Jefferson

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From September 2015 to May 2016, Anneli worked as a Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham, dedicating 70% of her time to the Costs and Benefits of Optimism project. She is now a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham.

Previously, she was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Neuroscience in Medicine at the Research Centre Jülich (Germany) for three years from June 2011 to May 2014. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at King's College London (UK). Anneli's main research interests are in the philosophy of psychology and ethics, especially in topics at the intersection between these areas.

Anneli has recently co-authored a research paper on the optimism bias with Bojana Kuzmanovic and Kai Vogeley that appeared in Journal of Behavioural Decision MakingSee the Publications tab for more recent work on optimism.