Can we know our own minds?
In Fall 2014 I'll be a 4th year grad student in Wash U's Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology PhD program. I obtained my Masters in Philosophy at Louisiana State University and graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies that focused on philosophy and psychology, with a minor in cognitive science.
My current research is in the interdisciplinary field of neuroethics, which investigates the ethical implications of neuroscience as it relates to the mind/brain relation. Specifically, I'm working on the philosophical perplexities associated with disorders of consciousness such as the vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, the minimally conscious state, and locked-in syndrome. In addition to being devastating for the patients and their loved ones, disorders of consciousness are challenging from both a scientific and philosophical perspective, presenting a myriad of complex epistemic and ethical problems at the heart of neuroethics.
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