Michael Barkasi



Postdoctoral Fellow




  • BA, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Rice University
  • PhD, Rice University

Michael completed his dissertation under Casey O’Callaghan, which consisted of a variety of related papers on the nature of perceptual experience and how it affords demonstrative thought. Now, under Mohan Matthen, his current project combines empirical data on neural activity during dreams with introspection of dream phenomenology to argue that perceptual experience doesn’t supervene on neural states. Ultimately, Michael aims to develop an account on which perceptual experience emerges from certain sorts of sensory interactions between our brains and external objects in the world in ways that constitutively depend on those external objects.

For publications and conference presentations, see Michael’s academia.edu page.

Research Interests:

Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind