history, theory, methods and experimental research in embodied cognitive science

I’m a philosopher and cognitive scientist engaged in both theoretical and experimental research in embodied cognitive science. The primary focus of my research is on the implications of embodiment for how we make sense of “higher cognition” and technologically-supported problem solving, including in scientific practice. My main influences are the scientific traditions of Gibsonian ecological psychology and dynamical systems theory, and the philosophical traditions of pragmatism and phenomenology.

About me

Since May 2020 I’m an assistant lecturer and researcher (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at Technische Universität Berlin, where I founded and lead the EMBODY Research Group (the name stands for Exploring Mind and Behavior in Organism-environment DYnamics). At TU Berlin I am supported by my interdisciplinary mentors Miriam Kyselo (NTNU, Philosophy and TU Berlin, Science of Intelligence Cluster) and Klaus Gramann (TU Berlin, Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics and BeMoBIL).

Before coming to TU Berlin, I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of Cincinnati (working with Angela Potochnik). There I also received graduate training in experimental psychology at the Center for Cognition, Action, & Perception (working with Paula Silva and Tony Chemero). Previously, I earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of São Paulo, in Brazil (working with Osvaldo Frota Pessoa Jr) and I was a visiting master’s student for two semesters with Nancy Nersessian at the Georgia Institute of Technology and for one semester at Georgia State University.

For 6 years my wife and I had a backyard farm in Cincinnati, with miniature dairy goats, rabbits, chickens, and a vegetable garden. Our new big project is to raise a human being raise two human beings.


I’m happy to announce that during November-December 2023 I am a visiting professor at the University of Oviedo (Spain), and during January-March 2024 I am a visiting research fellow at Tilburg University (Netherlands). I have also accepted an invitation to be a visiting fellow at the SOCRATES project at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany) during Spring/Summer 2025 (exact dates TBD).