PROF. SHANNON SPAULDING
I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. My general philosophical interests are in cognitive science, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of science. The principal goal of my research is to construct a philosophically and empirically plausible account of social cognition. My current research projects are on motivated empathy, the relationship between trust and perspective taking, and cognitive structure of implicit bias. I recently published a book on social cognition called How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition.
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Much of my research concerns the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying our interactions with other people. Recently, I have been exploring how this research on social cognition connects up with research in social epistemology and moral psychology. See the link above for an APA symposium on this topic.
My primary area of research is social cognition, the capacity to understand and interact with other agents. I discuss the development of social cognition, the role of mental representations in our interactions, how stereotypes and biases influence social cognition, and what happens when we misunderstand others. See the video above for a public lecture on these topics.