There's an EEL in Cognition

 “The Explanatory Effect of a Label: Explanations with Named Categories Are More Satisfying,” written by myself, Carly Giffin, and Tania Lombrozo, is forthcoming in Cognition! It turns out that when you name a condition people think it's more explanatory, seemingly because they import all sorts of causal assumptions.

Understanding for Hire

"Understanding for Hire" which puts forward a new epistemic value problem for understanding, then sort of solves it, just got accepted by the Journal for General Philosophy of Science! It is co-written by myself and Christa Johnson.

Moore Foundation

I've just joined as a post-doctoral researcher a team building a groundbreaking course introducing students to scientific and philosophical thinking. People involved include John Campbell, Tania Lombrozo, Alicia Alonzo, and Saul Perlmutter. It's fun getting to discuss science-education with a Nobel Prize winner.

SPP 2016 (with Bonus CogSci Talk)

I presented a poster on the explanatory status of mental disorders (“Are symptom clusters explanatory? A study in mental disorders and noncausal explanation"), co-authored with Tania Lombrozo and Jenn Asselin. Jenn would subsequently present the data at CogSci.

MUDdy Understanding

My paper wherein I argue that representational accuracy and intelligibility are both important dimensions of understanding evaluation ("MUDdy Understanding") was accepted by Synthese. It's been a good couple of months.

SPP 2015!

My fellow researchers and I gave one short-form presentation (with Nadya Vasilyeva and Tania Lombrozo), one long-form presentation (with Dillon Plunkett and Tania Lombrozo), and one poster presentation (with Dillon Plunkett and Tania Lombrozo) at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology annual meeting. We were very busy.