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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Mirko Farina

BA Milan, MSc Milan/Amsterdam, MPhil Edinburgh, PhD Macq.

PhD Student

Contact Details

Office : 3.320
Phone : +61 2 9850 2931
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : mirko.farina@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://mirkofarina.weebly.com/

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

I also have a profile at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Profile

I pursued my Doctoral Studies in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University (Sydney) under the supervision of John Sutton (primary supervisor), Richard Menary, and David Kaplan. My PhD was awarded with flying colours (no corrections) on November 5 2015 (Examiners: Peter Godfrey-Smith; Michael Anderson; Brian Keeley).

I also hold an MPhil in Philosophy of Mind from the University of Edinburgh where I was supervised by Andy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant and an MRes in Logic and Philosophy of Science from the University of Amsterdam/Milan - where I was supervised by Corrado Sinigaglia.

During my PhD I was visiting fellow at Aarhus University (under Andreas Roepstorff), and at The Center for Mind, Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Evolution - Ruhr University Bochum - (under Tobias Schlicht).


AREAS OF COMPETENCE: • Cognitive Science • Philosophy of Mind •Philosophy of Perception •Philosophy of Biology • Developmental Psychology • Philosophy of Cognition • Philosophy of Science • History of Philosophy • Cultural Psychology •Philosophy of Technology

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: •Cultural Learning •Evolution of Cognition •NeuroPhilosophy •Theories of Learning •Neuroconstructivism • Niche Construction and Developmental Systems Theory •Brain Plasticity • Cognitive Anthropology •Extended Mind •Enactivism •Externalism/Internalism • Predictive Coding •Individuation of the Senses •Synaesthesia •Sensory Substitution •Cross-modal Perception •Cognitive Correlates of Hypnosis

Thesis Details

Extended mind, DST, neuroconstructivism, complementarity.

  • Scholarship : Other
  • Workload : full time
  • Supervisors : Professor John Sutton, Dr David Kaplan and Associate Professor Richard Menary

External Appointments

  • Reviewer, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. (2014)
  • Colloquium research officer and administrator, CCD Cognition in Context Colloquium Series, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. (2014)
  • Reviewer, TopiCS. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Synthese. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychology. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Memory Studies. (2014 continuing)
  • Reviewer, Philosophical Psychology. (2013)
  • Reviewer, Topoi. (2013)
  • Reviewer, Philosophia. (2013)
  • Reviewer, Biology and Philosophy. (2013)

Awards

  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Research Excellence Award (2014), Farina, M.
  • Macquarie University Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2014), Farina, M. “Foundations for a psycho-historical, socio-technologically scaffolded theory of cultural learning.”
  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended for Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2014), Farina, M. “Foundations for a psycho-historical, socio-technologically scaffolded theory of cultural learning.” [Link]
  • CCD Excellence in Research Student Award (2013), Farina, M. ($500)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Research Excellence Award (2013), Farina, M.
  • International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES) (2012), Farina, M. January 2012 – June 2015 Fee Waiver ($125,060) + living allowance ($83048) + travelling allowance ($15000)
  • LLP, EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (2008), Farina, M. (€2,000) European Union
  • LLP, EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (2008), Farina, M. (€500) European Union
  • Official Mention and Scholarship (2004), Farina, M. (€250) Bolsena City Hall

Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) (2013) Farina, M. ($5,000)
  • Danish Government and Aarhus University Junior Researchers Grant (2013) Farina, M. ($4,250)
  • University of Riga Travel Bursary (2013) Farina, M. ($200)
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Science Travel Bursary (2013) “Funding awarded for travel.” (£100) Farina, M. ($186)
  • Frontiers in Psychology Open Access Publishing Fee. (2013) Macquarie University. Farina, M. ($1,100)
  • International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) (2013) Farina, M. ($100)
  • Wellcome Trust Centre Travel Bursary (2013) “Funding awarded for travel to attend Summer School at The University of Cambridge.” Farina, M. ($750)
  • Ruhr-University Bochum Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognition Evolution Junior Fellowship (2013 - 2014) Farina, M. ($2,899)
  • University of Auckland and AAP. (2012) Travelling Subsidy. Farina, M. ($205)
  • Research Travel & Support Grant (2011) The University of Edinburgh. (£713.98) Farina, M.
  • Research Travel & Support Grant (2010) The University of Edinburgh. (£272) Farina, M.
  • Research Travel & Support Grant (2010) The University of Edinburgh. (£578) Farina, M.
  • Research Travel & Support Grant (2009) The University of Edinburgh. (£350) Farina, M.
  • Research Grant for Erasmus Students (2008) University of Milan. (€2,500) Farina, M.

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Books

  • Farina, M. (2012). Slaying the chimera: A complementary approach to the Extended Mind Thesis. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

Book Chapters

  • Auvray, M., & Farina, M. (In Press). Patrolling the boundaries of synaesthesia: A critical appraisal of transient and artificially-acquired forms of synaesthetic experiences. In O. Deroy (Ed.), Sensory Blending: New Essays on Synaesthesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kiverstein, J., Farina, M., & Clark, A. (2015). Substituting the senses. In M. Matthen (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception (pp. 659-678). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Kiverstein, J., Farina, M., & Clark, A. (2013). The extended mind. In D. Pritchard (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kiverstein, J., & Farina, M. (2012). Do sensory substitution devices extend the conscious mind? In F. Paglieri (Ed.), Consciousness in interaction: The role of the natural and social context in shaping consciousness (pp. 19-40). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Periodicals

  • Farina, M. (In Press). Three approaches to human cognitive development: Neo-nativism, neuroconstructivism, and dynamic enskilment. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. doi:10.1093/bjps/axu026
  • Farina, M. (2013). Neither touch nor vision: Sensory substitution as artificial synaesthesia? Biology & Philosophy, 28(4), 639-655. doi:10.1007/s10539-013-9377-z
  • Farina, M. (2013). Jan Lauwereyns: Brain and the gaze: On the active boundaries of vision. Biology & Philosophy, 28(6), 1029-1038. doi:10.1007/s10539-013-9382-2
  • Farina, M. (2012). Review/Critical Notice: The evolved apprentice: How evolution made humans unique. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1007/s11097-012-9276-9
  • Farina, M. (2012). Review of beyond the brain: How body and environment shape animal and human minds. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11(3), 415-421. doi:10.1007/s11097-011-9247-6
  • Farina, M. (2011). Review of cognitive systems and the extended mind. Humana.Mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies, 15, 283-290.
  • Farina, M. (2011). Review of Perception, Action and Consciousness: Sensorimotor dynamics and two visual systems. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 32(4), 361-366.
  • Kiverstein, J., & Farina, M. (2011). Embraining culture: Leaky minds and spongy brains. Teorema, 32.2, 35-53.
  • Farina, M. (2010). Review of supersizing the mind: Embodiment, action and cognitive extension. Humana.Mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies, 14, 225-233.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Farina, M. (2014, October). Dynamic enskilment, varieties of plasticity, and their role in Sterelny’s evolved apprentice model. Invited colloquium at the Ruhr University , Bochum, Germany.
  • Farina, M. (2014, September). Dynamic enskilment, varieties of plasticity, and their role in Sterelny’s evolved apprentice model. Paper presented at the Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS), Lund, Sweden.
  • Farina, M. (2014, September). Dynamic enskilment, varieties of plasticity, and their role in Sterelny’s evolved apprentice model. Paper presented at the 3rd European Network for the Philosophy of Social Sciences (UNED), Madrid, Spain.
  • Farina, M. (2014, August). Neither touch nor vision: Sensory substitution as artificial synaesthesia? Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M., & Bullot, N. (2014, July). Culture in contexts: A psycho-historical theory of cultural learning. Paper presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Canberra.
  • Farina, M. (2013, December). Patrolling the boundaries of synaesthesia: A critical appraisal of transient and artificially induced forms of synaesthetic experiences. Symposium conducted at the 4th University of Western Sydney (UWS) Sensory Neuroscience Symposium, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2013, November). Brain, culture, and cortical plasticity: A defence of the extended mind thesis. Invited presentation given at the HDR Excellence in Research Award/Showcase of Achievements. Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2013, September). Validating the truth of propositions: Behavioural and ERP indicators of truth evaluation processes. Presentation given at the Critical Issues Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2013, August). Substituting the senses. Invited colloquium at the Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Farina, M. (2013, August). Nativism, neuroconstructivism, and dynamic enskilment: New insights from developmental neuroscience. Invited colloquium at the Aarhus University Seminar Series, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Farina, M. (2013, July). Fifth International Summer School in Cognitive Sciences and Semantics Invited presentation given at the University of Riga, Riga, Latvia.
  • Farina, M. (2013, July). Rethinking neuroconstructivism through dynamic enskilment: A critique of neo-nativism. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Montpellier, France.
  • Farina, M. (2013, July). Rethinking neuroconstructivism through dynamic enskilment: A critique of neo-nativism. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Exeter, UK.
  • Farina, M. (2013, April). The scientist as a child, modern perspectives on theory-theory. Presentation given at the Foundation of Cognitive Science Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2012, December). Re-thinking neuroconstructivism through dynamic enskilment. Paper presented at the Skills and Expertise Workshop: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2012, November). Re-thinking neuroconstructivism through dynamic enskilment: a critique of neo-nativism. Paper presented at the MacNaP - Reading Group in Naturalistic Philosophy of Mind, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2012, September). Substituting the senses. Paper presented at the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Farina, M. (2012, August). Neither touch nor vision: Sensory substitution as artificial synaesthesia? Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2012, July). Neither touch nor vision: Sensory substitution as artificial synaesthesia? Paper presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Wollongong, Wollongong.
  • Farina, M. (2012, June). Watt governor: A case study for dynamical systems theory? Presentation given at the Cognitive Science Reading Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2012, April). Criss-crossing the boundaries of the mind: Complementarity in action. Invited paper presented at the Workshop on Emergence, Dynamics and Cognition, University of Wollongong, Wollongong.
  • Farina, M. (2012, March). Transforming the enculturated mind: Sensory substitution, cognitive transformation and complementarity. Paper presented at the CCD/CAVE Distributed Cognition and Distributed Agency Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M. (2011, December). Sensory substitution, cognitive transformation and complementarity. Presentation given at the Workshop on Multisensory Integration and Perceptual Unity, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • Farina, M. (2011, July). Slaying the Chimera: Complementarity and the Enculturated Mind. Presentation given at the Extended Cognition Workshop, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Farina, M. (2011, July). Embraining culture: Leaky mind and spongy brains. Invited paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biolog, Salt Lake City, USA.
  • Farina, M. (2011, June). Ontogenetic niche construction: Human nature and the plastic human mind. Paper presented at the Extended Cognition Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Farina, M. (2011, June). Bodies of thought: Fleshy subjects, embodied minds, & human natures. Paper presented at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Farina, M. (2011, March). Finding my mind: A case for extended cognition. Poster session presented at the Workshop on Embodied, Distributed and Extended Cognition, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Farina, M. (2010, October). Pressing the flesh: A transcranial, holistic and environmentally augmented approach to cognition. Invited paper presented at the PhiloNeuro Seminar, Milan State University, Milan, Italy.
  • Farina, M. (2010, September). Body representation in physical and virtual reality with application to rehabilitation. Paper presented at the Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland.
  • Farina, M. (2010, July). Brain plasticity and sensory substitution devices: New evidence for the extended mind thesis? Paper presented at the Multimodal Approaches in Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Farina, M. (2009, September). “Summer School: The Social Self". Invited paper presented at the Summer School, Alghero - Italy.

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Telephone: (02) 9850 9599
Fax : (02) 9850 6059
Email : cogsci@mq.edu.au
Web : www.cogsci.mq.edu.au