Miriam Kyselo

Miriam Kyselo
Technische Universität Berlin | TUB · Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte

Professor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am a professor of philosophy, a PI at the "Science of Intelligence" Cluster of Excellence and founded the InterSelf lab at TU Berlin. My main research interest is the self and its relation to the body and social interaction. I engage with the so-called 4E approaches and dialogue across disciplines, with analytic philosophy, psychology, phenomenology and the cognitive sciences. I develop an enactive approach to the self, as embodied and socially self-organized autonomous system.
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March 2019 - present
Technische Universität Berlin
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  • Professor
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  • Visiting Professorship (W2)
January 2019 - present
Technische Universität Berlin
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  • Principal Investigator
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  • Science of Intelligence - Cluster of the German Excellence Strategy
September 2017 - present
Technische Universität Berlin
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (26)
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Embodied approaches in cognitive science hold that the body is crucial for cognition. What this claim amounts to, however, still remains unclear. This paper contributes to its clarification by confronting three ways of understanding embodiment— the sensorimotor approach, extended cognition and enactivism—with Lockedin syndrome (LIS). LIS is a case...
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This paper takes a new look at an old question: what is the human self? It offers a proposal for theorizing the self from an enactive perspective as an autonomous system that is constituted through interpersonal relations. It addresses a prevalent issue in the philosophy of cognitive science: the body-social problem. Embodied and social approaches...
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The social benefits of interpersonal synchrony are widely recognized. Yet, little is known about its impact on the self. According to enactive cognitive science, the human self for its stability and regulation needs to balance social attunement with disengagement from others. Too much interpersonal synchrony is considered detrimental for a person’s...
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This paper looks to phenomenology and enactive cognition in order to shed light on the self and sense of self of patients with locked-in syndrome. It critically discusses the concept of the minimal self, both in its phenomenological and ontological dimension. Ontologically speaking, the self is considered to be equal to a person’s sensorimotor embo...
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In this paper we focus on the psychiatric approach of Open Dialogue (OD) and seek to explain why the intersubjective process of dialogue, one of OD's core clinical principles, is effective in schizophrenia treatment. We address this question from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, by linking the OD approach with a theoretical account of the self as en...
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In this paper we focus on the Open Dialogue (OD) approach to acute psychosis with the aim of better understanding and clarifying the principles underlying its efficacy. To do this, we do a conceptual analysis of the OD literature. We introduce the basic principles of the OD approach and focus on the dialogical process, which stands out as a core he...
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Religious rituals are found all over the world. Some cultures engage in extreme religious rituals in which individuals take on forms of bodily harm to demonstrate their devotion. Such rituals entail excessive costs in terms of physical pain and effort, but the equivalent societal benefits remain unclear. The field experiment reported here examined...
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The paper discusses two recent approaches to schizophrenia, a phenomeno-logical and a neuroscientific approach, illustrating how new directions in philosophy and cognitive science can elaborate accounts of psychopathologies of the self. It is argued that the notion of the minimal and bodily self underlying these approaches is still limited since it...
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The action-oriented approach in cognitive science emphasizes the role of action in shaping, or constituting, perception, cognition, and consciousness. This chapter summarizes a week-long discussion on how the action-oriented approach changes our understanding of consciousness and the structure of experience, combining the viewpoints of philosophers...
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Review Essay Self and other: Exploring subjectivity, empathy, and shame, by Dan Zahavi, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015
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Cognitive science is experiencing a pragmatic turn away from the traditional representation-centered framework toward a view that focuses on understanding cognition as “enactive.” This enactive view holds that cognition does not produce models of the world but rather subserves action as it is grounded in sensorimotor skills. In this volume, experts...
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The action-oriented approach in cognitive science emphasizes the role of action in shaping, or constituting, perception, cognition, and consciousness. This chapter summarizes a week-long discussion on how the action-oriented approach changes our understanding of consciousness and the structure of experience, combining the viewpoints of philosophers...
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There is broad consensus that the therapeutic alliance constitutes a core common factor for all modalities of psychotherapy. Meta-analyses corroborated that alliance, as it emerges from therapeutic process, is a significant predictor of therapy outcome. Psychotherapy process is traditionally described and explored using two categorically different...
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In this paper I argue that while Noë's actionist approach offers an excellent elab-oration of classical approaches to conceptual understanding, it risks underestimat-ing the role of social interactions and relations. Noë's approach entails a form of body-based individualism according to which understanding is something the mind does all by itself....
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Many social relationships are a locus of struggle and suffering, either at the individual or interactional level. In this paper we explore why this is the case and suggest a modeling approach for dyadic interactions and the well-being of the participants. To this end we bring together an enactive approach to self with dynamical systems theory. Our...
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It has been argued that Extended Cognition (EXT), a recently much discussed framework in the philosophy of cognition, would serve as the theoretical basis to account for the impact of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) on the self and life of patients with Locked-in Syndrome (LIS). In this paper I will argue that this claim is unsubstantiated, EXT is...
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Die Kognitionswissenschaft ist ein integratives Forschungsprogramm, das eine empirisch wie begrifflich umfassende transdisziplinäre Untersuchung jener kognitiven Leistungen anstrebt, die komplexe natürliche bzw. künstliche Systeme — z. B. Menschen, andere Tiere, Computersimulationen oder Roboter — befähigen, durch intelligentes Verhalten Probleme v...
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Daniel Weiskopf has recently raised an apparently powerful objection against the so-called “extended mind thesis” with regard to beliefs. His argument is that since alleged cases of “extended beliefs” lack a characteristic feature of beliefs properly so called (newly acquired beliefs are usually integrated with already existing beliefs rapidly, aut...
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This paper takes a new look at an old question: what is the human self? It offers a proposal for theorizing the self from an enactive perspective as an autonomous system that is constituted through interpersonal relations. It addresses a prevalent issue in the philosophy of cognitive science: the body-social problem. Embodied and social approaches...

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Where do I end, where do you begin? Understanding the human self remains one of the greatest research challenges of our time. One of the most vexing issues in this respect has to do with the boundaries of the self. This interdisciplinary conference investigates the challenges and opportunities of an open and distributed perspective on the human self, thereby exploring how neural, bodily as well as environmental (intersubjective, cultural and technological) components contribute to the generation and maintenance of the self’s boundaries. Main Speakers: Anthony Chemero (University of Cincinatti) The Intertwined Self Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter) The Open Affective Self Karl Friston (University College London) Me and My Markov Blanket Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis) Tracking dynamics in the self-pattern: Narrative, psychopathology and predictive processing Verena Hafner (Humboldt University Berlin) Prerequisites for an Artificial Self Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä) Understanding Others: A Phenomenology of Gazes, Touches and Voices Hazel Rose Markus (Stanford University) t.b.a Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley) t.b.a. Wolfgang Tschacher (University of Bern) Nowness of the Extended Self Find out more about the Open Self Conference here: https://openself2018.com
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This project investigates the "Minimal Self" as recently put forward by philosophers Shaun Gallagher and Dan Zahavi. The goal of this project is to critically evaluate current notions of minimal selfhood and to explore implications of the minimal self for psychiatry and psychopathology, and psychotherapy research. The aim of the project is to develop a more integrative and non-individualistic notion of the minimal self, thus putting special emphasis on the social and intersubjective dimension.
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At the Inter-Self Lab (TU Berlin) we investigate the interrelation of prereflective bodily processes, social interaction and the sense of self. We combine methods from different disciplines to shed light on the enactive approach to self and intersubjectivity. According to the enactive approach, the self is a distributed and processual phenomenon. It can be described as a self-organized autonomous system, which is constituted through interactional and relational processes. Our group explores the deep relation between embodied intersubjectivity and selfhood from a philosophical and empirical perspective. Updates on our website: https://inter-self.com For further information please contact the principal investigator of our group Dr. Miriam Kyselo.