Rosa Cao

Rosa Cao

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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  • Ph.D., Philosophy, New York University, 2015
  • NSF Professional Development Fellowship in Philosophy, Harvard University, 2012
  • Post-Doctoral Associate in Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, 2010
  • B.A., Physics, Neurobiology, University of Chicago, 2003


I’m interested in issues at the intersection of philosophy of mind, neuroscience, and cognitive science. Can we get a naturalistic theory of representation that works for neuroscience? How should neural computation be understood, and what is the neural code? How does physiology constrain functional architecture, and vice versa?

Some of my work:

Signaling in the Brain: In Search of Functional Units (Philosophy of Science 2014)
A Teleosemantic Approach to Information in the Brain (Biology and Philosophy, 2012)
The Role of Blood Flow in Information Processing (with Chris Moore, Journal of Neurophysiology, 2008)