About Robert Foley
I currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario, where I am co-appointed to the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Brain and Mind Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
I received a PhD from the Department of Philosophy at University College Dublin in October 2013, where I wrote my dissertation on unconscious perception in blindsight under the supervision of Jim O’Shea. My other committee members were Rowland Stout, Maria Baghramian and Tim Bayne. I received an MA in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin in 2002.
My primary interests in philosophy of mind dovetail with issues in philosophy of perception and cognitive science. My current research focuses on conscious and unconscious visual perception. In particular, whether empirical evidence from normal and brain-injured subjects justifies certain accounts of the relationship between perception, cognition, and action. My work also addresses philosophical and methodological issues concerning the attribution of consciousness in psychophysical and clinical settings.
I was a visiting graduate student at the philosophy department in the University of British Columbia in 2010-2011.