Christopher F. Masciari
Graduate Student
AOS: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Perception
Office: SKN 1103C

My research centers on questions having to do with conscious perception and experience in general. I approach these topics from the perspective of cognitive science and experimental psychology, and bring to bear as much of the empirical literature as I can. Lately, I have been thinking of ways of connecting work on attention and memory and perceptual experiences that one might think of as aesthetic in nature (i.e., the richness of musical listening, or of looking at a painting, or of 'soaking in' a landscape). My dissertation focuses mostly on questions about the nature of attention and consciousness. Before coming to the University of Maryland, I earned an M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

I am also very much interested in all things related to electronic music.



1. Additional Resources for Sparse Theories of Phenomenal Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies (forthcoming)

2. Begging the question of consciousness (With Peter Carruthers.) Biology and Philosophy, (2021) (Equal authorship.) (Commentary on “Unlimited associative learning and the origins of consciousness,” by Jonathan Birch, Simona Ginsburg, & Eva Jablonka.)

3. What explains the “hard” problem of consciousness? (With Peter Carruthers.) Cognitive Neuropsychology, 37 (2020), 209-212. (Equal authorship.)(Commentary on “Toward a standard model of consciousness: Reconciling the attention schema, global workspace, higher-order thought, and illusionist theories” by Michael Graziano, Arvid Guterstam, Branden Bio, and Andrew Wilterson.)