London’s Institute of Philosophy awarded £1.9 million for research on the senses

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The Institute of Philosophy, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has been awarded a major research grant of £1,950,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The research grant will support a three-year project based at the Institute’s Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) – in collaboration with the universities of Glasgow, Oxford and Warwick – exploring sensory experience. Collaborators from a variety of institutions, such as the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, and partners such as Tate Galleries will also be supporting the project. 

‘Rethinking the senses: uniting the philosophy and neuroscience of perception’ led by leading UK neuroscientist Professor Colin Blakemore is a ground-breaking interdisciplinary research project. It will bring together philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists to work together in entirely new ways, including planning laboratory experiments together. The aim is to further our understanding of how all our senses work together to shape our conscious experiences of the outside world and of our own bodies. …

Theme Leadership Fellow for Science in Culture Professor Barry Smith said: ‘The large grants in the Science in Culture Theme clearly demonstrate just how much scope exists for significant, and reciprocal, interaction between research in the humanities and in the sciences. The wide range of disciplines and techniques on show in these projects give a clear indication of just how much interdisciplinary collaboration is already taking place.’