Sam Clarke, PhD

MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellow, Starting Fall 2021

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.