Dr. Miriam Kyselo                                

Philosopher/Cognitive Scientist

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I am a philosopher and cognitive scientist, and I am especially interested in the relationship between self, embodiment and social cognition. My current affiliation is with the Berlin Center for Knowledge Research at the Technical University of Berlin, where I am the principle investigator at Inter-Self Lab. My main research goal is to advance a dynamical and integrative approach to embodied selfhood and intersubjectivity and to help to better understand the intricate dynamics between self and other. My approach relies particularly on embodied and enactive cognition and system-theoretic principles of self-organisation and autonomy.  From an enactive viewpoint, no self is an island. We are open selves: embodied and radically social beings.

I have a background in analytic philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of psychology, phenomenology and sociology. In my work I adopt an interdisciplinary perspective: I focus in particular on the 4E-approaches  (enacted, extended, embodied, embedded aspects of the mind) to cognition and I dialogue and collaborate with psychiatry, psychotherapy research and the cognitive sciences, especially with psychology, robotics and neuroscience.

Science of Intelligence I am part of “Science of Intelligence“ (SCIoI), an interdisciplinary research group preparing an application for the Excellence Cluster within Germany’s Excellence Strategy Program. In SCIoI, I join forces with great colleagues from various disciplines, including robotics, psychology, philosophy, biology, AI and mathematics to understand one of the greatest research challenges of our time: what is intelligence? We are currently working on the full proposal – fingers crossed! Please check out the ScioI website for more information!


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