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Anya Farennikova

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I am a philosopher of mind at the University of Amsterdam. My main research is on experiences of absence.  I am interested in how these experiences work, how they differ across cultures, and what they mean for us as humans.

Research Interests

My main research is on experiences of absence in perception, emotion, and culture. I investigate how these experiences operate in different cognitive domains, how they affect our minds and our lives, and what they mean for us as humans.

My second line of research is on perception of uncertainty. How is uncertainty manifest in our experience? Is it probabilistic in nature? Do we always aim to reduce uncertainty?  I am interested in the applications of probabilistic models of cognition to normal perception and anomalous conscious states.