I am a philosopher of embodied cognition working theoretically and empirically (X-Phi, EEG, eye-tracking) at the interface of philosophy of mind and cognitive science, focusing specifically on our interaction with cultural artifacts such as pictures, film, and architecture.
Since 2020 I am also the Principal Investigator of the Research Group: Visual Media, Architecture, and Art within the EU Horizon 2020 Consortium Project: ARTIS: (Art and Research on Transformations on Individuals and Societies), where we will explore the cognitive and social effects of Art. The Berlin based part of the project focuses how we explore cities based on an 4EA - embodied, embedded, extended, enactive and affective - cognition approach and how contemporary art engages and transforms us.
Empirically engaged philosophy of mind goes beyond reflecting the current state of art in cognitive neuroscience, but gets involved by (a) both proposing and conducting experiments in interdisciplinary research collaborations and (b) transdisciplinary engaging with the society outside of academia by exploring citizen science approaches and contributing to civil society. Follow me on Academia.edu or contact me via mail.
Joerg Fingerhut received his PhD in philosophy from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013) as a researcher in the "Collegium Picture Act & Embodiment," a joint project of art historians and philosophers. He was a member of the "Functions of Consciousness" research group at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities and "Art & Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow” at Columbia University (2013), and assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart (2013-2015). He coordinated the research and activities of the Einstein group from 2015-2019 with a personal focus in research on "Aesthetic Psychology" and "Embodied and Embellished Perception."
I work at the interface of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Generally, I am interested in embodied approaches to the mind and the role the active body plays in the unfolding of conscious mental events. Since my PhD I extended this focus to our interactions with the built environment, visual media and cultural artifacts. I investigate how those interactions influence our body schema, alter our perceptual judgments, and constitute novel forms of embodied knowledge. This line of research is based on the idea that our mental processes and the neural processes underlying them are more dynamic, more context-dependent, and more malleable than previous approaches to the mind have acknowledged.
Aesthetic experiences with and evaluations of everyday objects, artifacts, and artworks are a second interest of mine. The question is here: why do we value certain objects over others? Why do we find some of them beautiful and why do we engage with such strange objects as artworks? With the Einstein group we conducted behavioral experiments in order to explore which elements we value in art and to assess our bodily engagement as well as the psychological and neurological processes that underlie such evaluations.
For more information, full list of publications, and copies of most papers see my academia page.