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Jorge Morales

Title | Organization: 
Job Candidate | Ph.D. program in Philosophy
Student Year: 
8th Year PhD Student (Dissertation Phase)
Areas of Specialization: 

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Moral Psychology

Research: 

My research lies at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. My current interests gravitate towards introspection/metacognition and attention. In the past I've worked on nonconceptual content and animal minds, topics I often go back to.

In my dissertation I develop a model of introspection inspired by a signal detection theoretic account of perception according to which mental states have different degrees of strength. This model helps explain the role of attentional modulation in scope and accuracy of introspective judgments, at the same time that it leaves room for interesting variations of our metacognitive capacities. I argue that the notion of mental strength is also helpful in debates about transparency and the unity of consciousness among others.

Since 2011 I collaborate with Hakwan Lau's Lab (UCLA) and I'm currently working on an fMRI project with him and Steve Fleming (UCL) on metacognition of visual perception and memory. I've also done empirical work in psychophysics on perceptual decisions, probability, attention, and metacognition.