University of Pittsburgh
Primary Faculty

Mazviita Chirimuuta

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Adjunct, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Department of Philosophy


1017 CL

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.


PhD, University of Cambridge, 2004

BSc, University of Bristol, 2000

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)

Selected 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.