Dr Andrea Blomkvist
Department of Philosophy
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Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
Andrea works in cognitive science, combining areas such as philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science, to investigate how the mind works. Andrea joined the Department as a Teaching Associate in Philosophy of Psychology/Cognitive Science in 2021. Before this, she completed a PhD in Philosophy as well as an MA in Cognitive Studies both at the University of Sheffield, and an MA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.
Before she started her PhD at Sheffield, Andrea received an MA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, and an MA in Cognitive Studies from the University of Sheffield.
- Research interests
How does the mind work? This is the most general question that Andrea's research concerns.
More particularly, Andrea is interested in how two crucial parts of the mind work: memory and imagination. What processes and mechanisms are involved when we remember or imagine, and what cognitive architecture underwrites them? Andrea takes a highly interdisciplinary approach to these questions, combining cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, computer science, and neuroscience to find an answer. Andrea's wider research interests include animal cognition, social cognition, emotions and moods, and explanation in cognitive science.
- Imagination as a skill : a Bayesian proposal. Synthese, 200(2).
- Direct Social Perception of Emotions in Close Relations. Phenomenology and Mind, 12, 184-195. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching interests
Andrea mainly teaches in philosophy of psychology and cognitive science. Her teaching is highly interdisciplinary as she believes that we need to combine insights and methodologies from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and other disciplines, in order to best understand cognition.
- Teaching activities
Andrea mainly teaches in Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science. In 2021, Andrea will be teaching the UG/PG module Philosophy of Psychology (PHI332/6660), co-teach the Cognitive Studies MA Research Seminar (PHI6016), as well as co-teach the first year UG module Self and Society (PHI103), and supervise Philosophical Projects on Qualia (PHI355).
- Postgraduate Supervision
Andrea would be happy to supervise students on philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, particularly on topics relating to episodic memory, imagination and perception, mental imagery and imagery disorders, animals cognition, social cognition and theory of mind, emotions and moods, and explanation in cognitive science.