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Rosa Cao

Rosa Cao Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: Sycamore Hall 123
Phone: (812) 855-5998 (3777 fax)
Email: rosacao at indiana.edu

Education

  • University of Chicago, B.A. (Physics, Neurobiology) 2003
  • MIT, Ph.D. (Brain and Cognitive Sciences) 2010
  • Post-Doctoral Associate in Cognitive Studies, Tufts University 2010-11
  • NSF Professional Development Fellowship in Philosophy, Harvard University 2011-12
  • New York University, Ph.D. (Philosophy) 2015

I’m interested in issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind, neuroscience, and cognitive science.  Can we get a naturalistic theory of representation that works for neuroscience? How should neural computation be understood, and what is the neural code?  How does physiology constrain functional architecture, and vice versa?

Some of my work:

Signaling in the Brain: In Search of Functional Units  (Philosophy of Science 2014)
A Teleosemantic Approach to Information in the Brain  (Biology and Philosophy, 2012)
The Role of Blood Flow in Information Processing  (with Chris Moore, Journal of Neurophysiology, 2008)