Sam works at the intersection between philosophy and cognitive science. He’s particularly interested in perception and the origins of abstract thought. Using the approximate number system as a test case, his work as a MindCORE Research Fellow will examine the distinctive features of perceptual processing in the mind/brain and clarify the ways in which primitive and prelinguistic numerical competences do/don’t relate to the mature number concepts (most) adult humans have at their disposal.
Before coming to Penn, Sam completed a DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2019. In 2017-18, he froze his studies at Oxford to take up a Jane Eliza Procter Fellowship at Princeton University. Since 2019, he has held a VISTA Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Philosophy and Centre for Vision Research at York University in Toronto.