FacultyJohn Bickle, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Philosophy
My research group combines information gathered using a variety of neuroscientific techniques, including neurocomputational modeling (and computer simulation), functional neuroimaging, and electrophysiology to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cognition and consciousness. Most of our attention lately has been on memory. We have begun collaborating with Alcino Silva’s lab at UCLA to study remote memory and to develop a general “metascience” for investigating the molecular mechanisms of higher cognition. In the past we’ve collaborated on transdisciplinary neuroscience projects with researchers at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (Munich), and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. I also carry out cross-disciplinary research in neurophilosophy, the philosophy of neuroscience, and philosophy of science generally. I am especially interested in explicating a “reductionistic” methodology for current cognitive neuroscience. In a recent book (Philosophy and Neuroscience: A Ruthlessly Reductive Account, Kluwer, 2003) and series of papers I’ve adovated a new account of cross-level reduction in neuroscience, based on close attention to the methods currently employed in ‘molecular and cellular cogniton’. I am Editor-in-Chief of an annual special issue of the journal, Synthese, on “Neuroscience and its Philosophy” and recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to edit the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, scheduled to appear in 2007.