Jakob Hohwy

I conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience (see my publications below). In my lab in the philosophy department we conduct experiments on the nature of perception and cognition. I collaborate with a number of neuroscientists and psychologists from Monash University and around the world. I work on general theories about brain function, which say the brain is primarily a sophisticated hypothesis tester.

The Predictive Mind

Upcoming: talks at ASSC18, ICON2014 (Brisbane), Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (Melbourne, Aug. ’14), Strüngman Forum (Frankfurt, Oct. ’14), University of Bochum (March ’15)

My book The Predictive Mind (Oxford University Press) is available in
paperback from OUP | hardback from OUP | Amazon kindle
amazon.co.uk (incl. other sellers) | amazon.de | amazon.com

I am blogging a bit on my work at Brains. And there is an online reading group on the book organised by Lisa Bortolotti at Birmingham. An interview with Carrie Figdor on the book at New Books in Philosophy.

Two events I am organising: Aspects of the Self (July 23rd 2014), and Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Conference (Dec. 8-10 2014).

Papers (forthcoming)

  1. Forthcoming: Hohwy, J. The neural organ explains the brain.
  2. Forthcoming: Hohwy, J. Prediction error minimization, mental and developmental disorder, and statistical theories of consciousness. To appear in Gennaro R. (ed.) 2014, Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness, MIT Press.
  3. Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. (In press). Modes of consciousness. In W Sinnott-Armstrong (ed). Consciousness after Severe Brain Damage: Medical, Legal, Ethical, and Philosophical Perspectives. New York: OUP.

Papers:

  1. Hohwy, J., Palmer, C. (In press). Social cognition as causal inference: implications for common knowledge and autism. In Mattia Gallotti and John Michael (Eds.), Social Ontology and Social Cognition, Springer Series “Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality”, Vol. 4, 2014.
  2. Kaplan, R.A., Enticott, P.G., Hohwy, J., Castle, D.J., Rossell, S.L. (2014). Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder Associated with Abnormal Bodily Self-Awareness? A Study Using the Rubber Hand Illusion. PLoS ONE 9(6):e99981.
  3. Hohwy, J. (2014) Elusive phenomenology, counterfactual awareness, and presence without mastery (Commentary on target article by Anil Seth). Cognitive Neuroscience.
  4. Hohwy, J. (2014). The self-evidencing brain. Noûs. doi: 10.1111/nous.12062.
  5. Bayne, T. Hohwy, J. 2014. Global Disorders of Consciousness. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science 5(2): 129–138.
  6. van Doorn, G., Hohwy, J., Symmons, M. 2014. Can you tickle yourself if you swap bodies with someone else? Consciousness & Cognition 23: 1-11. [Penultimate draft]. Written up in New Scientist; listed on BBC.
  7. Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. 2013. Consciousness: Theoretical approaches. In A.E. Cavanna, A. Nani, H. Blumenfeld, S. Laureys (eds.), Neuroimaging of Consciousness, 23. Berlin: Springer Verlag. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-37580-4_2.
  8. Palmer, C., Paton, B., Barclay, L., Hohwy, J. 2013. Equality, efficiency, and sufficiency: Responding to multiple parameters of distributive justice during charitable distribution. The Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4(4) 659-674.
  9. Palmer, C., Paton, B., Hohwy, J., Enticott, P. 2013. Movement under uncertainty: The effects of the rubber-hand illusion vary along the nonclinical autism spectrum. Neuropsychologia 51(10): 1942-1951.
  10. Paton, B., Skewes, J., Frith, C., Hohwy, J. 2013. Skull-bound perception and precision optimization through culture. Behavioural and Brain Sciences. 36(3):42. Commentary on target paper by Andy Clark.
  11. Hohwy, J. 2013. Delusions, illusions, and inference under uncertainty. Mind & Language 28: 57-71. DOI: 10.1111/mila.12008.
  12. Palmer, C. J. Paton, B., T. Ngo, T. T., Thomson, R. H., Hohwy, J., and M. Miller, S. M. 2013. Individual differences in moral behavior: A role for response to risk and uncertainty? Neuroethics. Online First. 2012DOI: 10.1007/s12152-012-9158-4.
  13. Van Doorn, G., Hohwy, J., Symmons, M. 2012. Capture of kinesthesis by a competing cutaneous input. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 74(7): 1539-1551. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-012-0327-7.
  14. Hohwy, J. 2012. Attention and conscious perception in the hypothesis testing brain. Frontiers in Psychology 3:96. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00096. See also the Frontiers Research Topic, edited by N. Tsuchiya and J. v Boxtel.
  15. Paton, B., Hohwy, J., Enticott, P. 2012. The rubber hand illusion reveals proprioceptive and sensorimotor differences in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 42(9): 1870-1883,. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1430-7. [Final draft]
  16. Hohwy, J. & Rajan, V. 2012. Delusions as Forensically Disturbing Perceptual Inferences. Neuroethics 5(1): 5-11. doi: 10.1007/s12152-011-9124-6
  17. Hohwy, J. & Fox, E. 2012. Preserved aspects of consciousness in disorders of consciousness: A review and conceptual analysis. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 19 (3-4): 87-120.
  18. Hohwy, J. 2011. Phenomenal variability and introspective reliability. Mind & Language 26(3): 261-286.
  19. Hohwy, J. 2011. Mind-brain identity and evidential insulation. Philosophical Studies 153(3): 377-395. doi: 10.1007/s11098-010-9524-1.
  20. Hohwy, J., Paton, B. 2010. Explaining away the body: experiences of supernaturally caused touch and touch on non-hand objects within the rubber hand illusion. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9416. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0009416.
  21. Hohwy, J. 2010. The hypothesis testing brain: some philosophical implications. In ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science. Edited by Wayne Christensen, Elizabeth Schier, and John Sutton. Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.
  22. Hohwy, J. 2009. The neural correlates of consciousness: new experimental approaches needed? Consciousness and Cognition. 18: 428-438.
  23. Hohwy, J., Reutens, D. 2009. A case for increased caution in end of life decision for disorders of consciousness. Monash Bioethics Review 28, No. 2: 13.1-13.13.
  24. Hohwy, J., Roepstorff, A., Friston, K. 2008. Predictive coding explains binocular rivalry: an epistemological review. Cognition 108 (3): 687-701.
  25. Hohwy, J. 2007. Functional integration and the mind. Synthese 159(3): 315-328.
  26. Hohwy, J. 2007. The Sense of Self in the Phenomenology of Agency and Perception. Psyche 13/2 (Susanna Siegel, ed.).
  27. Hohwy, J. 2007. The Search for Neural Correlates of Consciousness. Philosophy Compass 2/3: 461-474.
  28. Hohwy, J. 2006. Internalized meaning factualism. Philosophia, Philosophical Quarterly of Israel 34:3: 325-336.
  29. Hohwy, J., Rosenberg, R. 2005. Cognitive neuropsychiatry: conceptual and methodological issues. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 6(3): 192-197.
  30. Hohwy, J., Rosenberg, R. 2005. Unusual experiences, reality testing and delusions of alien control. Mind & Language 20(2): 141-162.
  31. Hohwy, J. 2005. Explanation and two conceptions of the physical. Erkenntnis 62: 71-89.
  32. Hohwy, J., Frith, C. 2004. Can neuroscience explain consciousness? Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11 (7-8): 180-198.
  33. Hohwy, J. 2004. Evidence, explanation, and experience: On the harder problem of consciousness. The Journal of Philosophy CI (5): 242-254. Also found on Ned Block’s webpages.
  34. Hohwy, J. 2004. The experience of mental causation. Behaviour and Philosophy 32, 377-400.
  35. Hohwy, J. 2004. Top-down and bottom-up in delusion formation. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 11(1): 65-70.
  36. Hohwy, J., Frith, C. 2004. Studies of the neural correlates of consciousness can do better, but are on the right track. Journal of Consciousness Studies 11(1): 45–51.
  37. Hohwy, J. 2003. Capacities, explanation and the possibility of disunity. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17(2): 179–190.
  38. Hohwy, J. 2003. Critical Notice: When Self-Consciousness Breaks, by Lynn Stephens & Graham. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 8: 237–242.
  39. Hohwy, J. 2003. A reductio of Kripke-Wittgenstein’s objections to dispositionalism about meaning, Minds and Machines 13(2): 257–268.
  40. Hohwy, J. 2002. Deflationism about truth and meaning. Southern Journal of Philosophy 40: 217–242.
  41. Hohwy, J. 2002. Privileged self-Knowledge and externalism: A contextualist approach. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83: 235–252.
  42. Hohwy, J. 2001. Semantic primitivism and normativity. Ratio 14: 1–17.
  43. Gold, I., Hohwy, J. 2000. Rationality and schizophrenic delusion. Mind and Language 15: 146–167, 2000. Also in Pathologies of Belief, M. Coltheart & M. Davies (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell.
  44. Hohwy, J. 1997. Quietism and cognitive command. Philosophical Quarterly 47: 496–500.

Popular Media
National Public Radio. Interview about self-tickle (heavily edited).
Ananthswamy, A. Tickling yourself is impossible even when in another’s shoes. New Scientist. A write up on our body swap and tickle study.
Marshall, T. Up close and personal with Uta Frith. Australian Autism Aspergers Network Magazine 1/2013. A write up on mentor and collaborator Uta Frith.
Lenzen, M. Das Hypothesen testende Gehirn. Gehirn und Geist 4/2013. [A write up in German, partly on my book]
Hohwy, J. Adventures in blobology: 20 years of fMRI brain scanning. The Conversation, 3rd November 2011.