I am a cognitive scientist, father, two-bit philosopher, and bad artist from Dublin, Ireland. My principal professional interests lie in helping to develop a cognitive science that does justice to the reality of subjective experience. I have particular interests in rhythm, speech, language, enaction, ecological psychology, and the metaphysical basis of experience. I see my work as a small contribution to exploration of the thesis that mind and life are inseparable. I am an unreformed anti-representationalist and I think in terms of dynamic systems theory.
My research is currently focussed on the rich topic of joint speech, where two or more people say the same thing at the same time. This includes chanting, prayer, recitation, and the like, and it is a special case of the more general domain of highly synchronized activity.
My professional activities are described in the above tabs. Links to various websites I maintain, contribute to, or am in some way associated with are on the right.
Here’s a video of a talk I gave on rhythm in speech to the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society, in April 2011.
I have built a connectionist simulator for use in teaching the basics of artificial neural networks. Basic Prop. The current version is 1.3. Let me know if you use it.