Cognitive Scientist. Philosopher. Wanderer.
I'm interested in understanding, (neuro)cognitive interaction and adaptation to the variabilities of the environment. More specifically my work assesses and advances modelling in cognitive neuroscience and the scientific realism debate applied to the Bayesian Brain hypothesis and active inference.
My work embodies the synergies of my collaborations. I combine methods from embodied and enactive cognitive science, complexity, to the free energy principle / Active (Bayesian) inference in the understanding and characterisation of psychological experience, development, and (neuro)cognitive functions of adaptive systems in sociocultural settings.
I conduct independent research on cultural aspects of cognition, i.e. psychological experience, development, and (neuro)cognitive functions of adaptive systems in sociocultural settings, ever more technological, artificially intelligent, and digitalised. I have just been awarded a Talent Grant by the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (University of Amsterdam) (125k), for research on the relation between technology, AI, and mental health.
I have applied my academic skills for societal impact by co-founding and directing the European Institute for Global Well-being (registered under the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, based in the health valley in Amersfoort). Our goal is – in line with the European Commission’s policy “make results count for society”, UNESCO’s Sustainable development policy and NWO “Science with Industry” – to serve as a hub for cooperation and expanding the notion of open science for societal outreach by connecting and informing organisations with the responsibility of making important decisions in the building of well-being societies and communities of the future on how to make science- and knowledge-based decisions.
Areas of specialisation: Philosophy of Neuroscience; Philosophy of Mind/AI; Philosophy of Science; Computational Neuroscience; Complexity.
Lecturer at Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Fellow at Developmental Psychology
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
University of Amsterdam
Affiliated member at
Wellcome Centre Human Neuroimaging
University College London
Co-founding Director of
European Institute for Global Well-being
International Society for the Philosophy of the Sciences of the Mind
(with Gualtiero Piccinini).