Downloadable Publications Updated May 2018
Conference presentations since 2001
(slides on request)
I research the psychology of concepts and categorization. The way in which people understand the world by classifying objects, people, events or situations into different conceptual types or categories is a fundamental topic for cognitive science. Concepts are the basic building blocks of thoughts and ideas, and play a major part in determining the meaning of substantive words in any language.
Current research projects
I am currently involved in a number of projects that involve different aspects of how people represent and use conceptual information.
European Research Council funded projects
From September, 2016, I have been working on a five-year research project on the Metacognition of Concepts, funded by a European Research Council Consolidator grant awarded to Professor Nick Shea of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London. We have been joined by Sapphira Thorne, Jake Quilty-Dunn, and Joulia Smortchkova as Postdoctoral Fellows.
From November 2017, I have begun working on a second five-year ERC funded research project based in the Linguistics Department at the University of Utrecht, and titled "Forests and Trees: the Formal Semantics of Collective Categorization". The PI is Professor Yoad Winter, and we have been joined by Dr Eva Poortman as Postdoctoral Fellow.