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
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw034
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.