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RESEARCH AREAS:

  • Philosophy of Neuroscience

  • Philosophy of Psychiatry

  • Mechanistic Explanation

CONTACT:

  • Rotman Institute of Philosophy
    Western University
    Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, 7148
    London, Ontario, Canada
    N6A 3K7

JAIPREET MATTU

Doctoral Student; 
Department of Philosophy, Western University

My primary areas of interest are in philosophy of neuroscience and psychiatry, particularly where they overlap. A primary aim of neuroscience is to understand how brain circuits, neurons, synapses, molecules, and hormones, give rise to human thought and behavior. The focus of my research centers around the question: What insight can contemporary neuroscience provide in the context of psychiatric research? I also have interests in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and evidence-based medicine.

While many philosophers agree that psychiatry requires a classificatory system based on etiology rather than symptomology, little attention has been given to this important topic. I would like to take on the question of how mechanistic explanation fits into the framework of psychiatric research. Experimental strategies utilized in discovering mechanisms of the brain has revolutionized the way neuroscientists investigate the relation between the mind and brain. I argue that a shift to mechanistic explanation can unravel challenges associated with the explanation and classification of psychiatric disorders. The goal of my research is to develop a scientifically sound explanatory and classificatory framework for psychiatry.

MA Thesis

Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: A Pluralistic Framework Based on Mechanistic Explanation

– Fall 2018, PHIL 353: Philosophies of India, University of the Fraser Valley (Guest Lecturer)
– Winter 2013, PHIL 353: Philosophies of India, University of the Fraser Valley (Guest Lecturer)
– Fall 2012, University of the Fraser Valley, PHIL 240: Faith and Reason: Philosophy of Religion (Guest Lecturer)