Based in Toronto, I do academic research at the intersection of perception, memory, and motor control. Looking now for my next research opportunity, I previously developed ultra fast wearable embedded sensor systems for sport, through my company Performance Sonification. I recently dissolved the company after some proof-of-concept experiments in a collaboration with Harris Lab at York University showed the development of the tech as a commercial product would be too costly, but I continue purely scientific work on sonification with Harris Lab. I’ve spent a decade as an academic philosopher doing fundamental research in cognitive science on the nature of perception and memory. Currently, I am an associate member of the Centre for Philosophy of Memory, studying the role of memory in perception.
In my academic career, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Network for Sensory Research in the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. In that position I worked with Mohan Matthen, who’s done seminal work on the link between perception and motion. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Rice University (Houston, Texas), working under Casey O’Callaghan, a leading philosopher of sounds who studies multimodal perception. In addition to my work in cognitive science, my background includes university courses in advanced mathematics and physics. See my portfolio for example work.
I’ve been an amateur athlete much of my life, competing in both powerlifting as a youth and track cycling as an adult. In the past, I’ve raced at velodromes in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. I’ve also worked as a community youth cycling coach and as a bike mechanic in a local bike shop.
Academic Publication Highlights
- 2021. “Memory as sensory modality, perception as experience of the past”, Review of Philosophy and Psychology
- 2021. “What blindsight means for the neural correlates of consciousness”, Journal of Consciousness Studies
- 2021. “What should the sensorimotor enactivist say about dreams?”, Philosophical Explorations | preprint
- 2021. “Does what we dream feel present? Two varieties of presence and implications for measuring presence in VR”, Synthese | preprint
- 2020. “Some hallucinations are experiences of the past”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly | preprint
- 2020. “Is mental time travel real time travel?”, w/ Melanie Rosen, Philosophy and the Mind Sciences
My research investigates how information is integrated across the senses and memory to afford us both experience of the world and control of our own bodies. I’m interested in both fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of our inner phenomenal consciousness and practical questions about the neural mechanisms of sensory processing.
For a full list of my papers and research interests, visit my research/teaching page. You might also check out this piece and this piece I wrote on presence and digital fluency, or this paper, on how perception involves experience of the past. The paper was one of two runners-up for the essay prize at the Centre for Philosophy of Memory. I summarize the idea in a blog post.
Sonification White Papers
- 2021. “Sonification: A proposal for explosive subsecond sport movements”
- 2021. “Is vision or audition fast enough for proprioceptive augmentation? A quick review”
- 2020. “A briefer guide to bodily awareness for athletes and performance artists”
- 2020. “A guide to bodily awareness for athletes and performance artists”
Popular Media Posts
- 2022. “Perceiving is imagining the past”, The Junkyard
- 2021. “What dreams and smartphones can teach VR developers about presence”, LinkedIn
- 2021. “How digital fluency isolates us”, Medium
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