Mazviita Chirimuuta

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My first degree was in philosophy and psychology. I then did a PhD on the neuroscience of vision, and a years post-doc doing colour psychophysics with Profs Burr and Morrone in Italy, before coming back to philosophy.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2004
  • B.Sc., University of Bristol, 2000.

Other Interests

Piano and creative writing

Research Interests

Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind, Colour, Philosophy of Science.

I am currently working with Ian Gold on a philosophy of neuroscience project, ‘The Epistemology of Colour’ (ARC Discovery grant).


  • Chirimuuta, M., & Tolhurst, D.J. (2005). Does a Bayesian model of V1 contrast coding offer a neurophysiological account of human contrast discrimination? Vision Research, 45, 2943-2959
  • Chirimuuta, M., & Tolhurst, D.J. (2005). Accuracy or identification of grating contrast by human observers. Vision Research, 45, 2960-2971
  • Chirimuuta, M., Clatworthy, P.L. & Tolhurst, D.J. (2003). Coding of the contrasts in natural images by visual cortex (V1) neurons: A Bayesian approach.Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 20, 1253-1260
  • Clatworthy, P.L., Chirimuuta, M., Lauritzen, J.S. & Tolhurst, D.J.(2003). Coding of the contrasts in natural images by populations of neurons in primary visual cortex (V1). Vision Research, 43, 1983-2001.