Mazviita Chirimuuta

  • Associate Professor • Co-Director Graduate Admissions • Teaching Practicum Coordinator
  • Adjunct in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and in the Department of Philosophy

My research examines the relationship between neuroscience and the philosophy of mind and perception. My main project in recent years has been on colour vision, developing a theory of colour which acknowledges the complexities of visual function revealed by recent perceptual science. In addition to published articles and chapters, this work appeared as a monograph, Outside Colour, with MIT Press. My latest research is on the topic of explanation in neuroscience, looking in particular at the advantages and limitations of computational perspectives in neuroscience. I also have an ongoing historical interest in neurology and neurophysiology in the late 1800’s.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Central Problems in Systems Neuroscience (Grad)
  • History of the Neurosciences (Grad)
  • Perception (Grad)
  • Philosophy of Neuroscience (Undergrad)
  • Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (Undergrad)

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2004
  • BSc, University of Bristol, 2000

Representative Publications

Chirimuuta, M. (2018) "Hughlings Jackson and the 'doctrine of concomitance': mind-brain theorising between metaphysics and the clinic.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences.

Chirimuuta, M. (2017) “Explanation in Neuroscience: Causal and non-causal.” British Journal of Philosophy of Science.

Chirimuuta, M. (2015) Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy. MIT Press.

Chirimuuta, M (2014) Psychophysical Methods and the Evasion of Introspection, Philosophy of Science, 81(5):914-926.

Chirimuuta, M. (2014) Minimal Models and Canonical Neural Computations: The Distinctness of Computational Explanation in Neuroscience, Synthese, 191:127-153.

Chirimuuta, M. & Gold, I.J. (2009). The embedded neuron, the enactive field?. In Bickle, J. (ed.) Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chirimuuta, M. (2008). Reflectance Realism and Colour Constancy: What would count as scientific evidence for Hilbert’s ontology of colour? Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 86(4), 563-582.

Chirimuuta, M., Morrone, M.C. & Burr, D. (2007). Perceptual learning of modality specific visual attentional effects. Vision Research, 47, 60-70.

Chirimuuta, M., & Tolhurst, D.J. (2005). Does a Bayesian model of V1 contrast coding offer a neurophysiological account of human contrast discrimination? Vision Research, 45, 2943-2959.