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Jordan Taylor

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Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Philosophy, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours I), Philosophy, Australian Catholic University

Biography & research interests
I'm a native of Auckland, New Zealand. My secondary and tertiary education (before arriving at Penn) was all done in Sydney, Australia.
Here at Penn I work under the supervision of Gary Hatfield, with help from dissertation committee members Lisa Miracchi, Karen Detlefsen, and Michael Weisberg.
My primary research is in the philosophy of psychology. I'm interested in theories of emotions, particularly "primitivist" or "noncognitive" theories. Such theories usually describe emotions as responses to stimuli that bear some ecological impact upon the emotional organism; these responses are often rooted in instinctual sensorimotor behaviors. The kinds of questions that motivate me are those surrounding the nature of emotional experience, the relationship between emotions, perceptions, and cognitive processes, and the extent to which emotions are embodied phenomena.
I also work in the history of philosophy and psychology, especially theorists and trends in 17th- and 18th-century Europe (e.g., Descartes, Malebranche) and 19th- and 20th-century USA (e.g., William James, James J. Gibson).
Between mid-2013 and mid-2016 I worked with Dr. Deena Weisberg and Dr. Emily Hopkins (as a member of Penn's Cognition & Development Lab) on a project investigating the ways in which people from numerous educational backgrounds interpret and rate scientific explanations. You can read more about the project here:

Selected Publications

  1. Weisberg, D. S., Hopkins, E. J., and Taylor, J. C. V. (under review). People’s explanatory preferences for scientific phenomena.
  2. Hopkins, E. J., Weisberg, D. S., and Taylor, J. C. V. (under review). Expertise in science and philosophy moderates the seductive allure of reductive explanations.
  3. Hopkins, E. J., Weisberg, D. S., and Taylor, J. C. V. (2016). The seductive allure is a reductive allure: People prefer scientific explanations that contain logically irrelevant reductive information. Cognition, 155, pp. 67-76.
  4. Hopkins, E. J., Weisberg, D. S., and Taylor, J. C. V. (2016). Examining the specificity of the seductive allure effect. In: A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, J. Trueswell, and D. Mirman, ed., Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 1st ed. Philadelphia: Cognitive Science Society.
  5. Weisberg, D. S., Taylor, J. C. V., and Hopkins, E. J. (2015). Deconstructing the seductive allure of neuroscience explanations. Judgment and Decision Making, 10(5), pp. 429-441.
  6. Taylor, J. (2013). Emotional sensations and the moral imagination in Malebranche. In: H. M. Lloyd, ed., The Discourse of Sensibility: The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment. Dortrecht: Springer, pp. 63-83.

More details can be found on my CV (linked under my profile photo).

433 Cohen Hall

Mondays, 3:30-4:30PM

CV (url)