Jakob Hohwy


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Research interests

I conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In my Cognition & Philosophy Lab, housed in the Philosophy Department, we conduct experiments on the nature of perception and cognition. I collaborate with a number of neuroscientists and psychologists from Monash University and around the world. I focus on theories about brain function, which say the brain is primarily a sophisticated hypothesis tester.

See my personal lab page for up-to-date list of publications with links to preprints.

Other pages with access to my work: Google Scholar | Academia.edu | Researchgate | Philpapers

On twitter @hohwy (K-index 3) | My book The Predictive Mind

Open Access Collections: Open Mind & Predictive Mind

Current work in progress, open access pre-prints, and in-press papers:

Draft papers

  1. Hohwy, J. Self-supervision, normativity and the free energy principle.
  2. Sasan, D., Ward, P. G., Nash, M., Orchard, E. R., Farrell, M. J., Hohwy, J., & Jamadar, S. (2019, November 11). ‘Phantom Kicks’: Women’s Subjective Experience of Foetal Kicks after the Postpartum Period. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6qad9
  3. Corcoran, A., Pezzulo, G., Hohwy, J. From allostatic agents to counterfactual cognizers: Active inference, biological regulation, and the origins of cognition.

Papers in press and/or available in pre-submission OA; new publications

  1. Hanegraaf, L., Arunogiri, S., Hohwy, J., Verdejo-Garcia, A. (in print). Dysfunctional Personality Beliefs and Emotion Recognition in Individuals with Methamphetamine Dependence. Addictive Behaviors.
  2. Marchi, F., Hohwy, J. (in print). The intermediate scope of consciousness in the predictive mind. Erkenntnis.
  3. Matthews, J., Nagao, K. J., Ding, C., Newby, R., Kempster, P., & Hohwy, J. (2020). Impaired perceptual sensitivity with intact attention and metacognition in functional motor disorder. Cortex. PsyArXiv pre-print https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/fz3j2
  4. Parr, T., Corcoran, A., Friston, K., Hohwy, J. (2019). Perceptual awareness and active inference. Neuroscience of consciousness 29(1). DOI: 10.1093/nc/niz012.
  5. Gadsby, S., Hohwy, J. (in print) Why use predictive processing to explain psychopathology? The case of anorexia nervosa. In Gouveia, Steven, Mendonca, Dina & Curado, Manuel (eds.), The Philosophy and Science of Predictive Processing, Bloomsbury.
  6. Perrykkad, K., Hohwy, J. (2020). Fidgeting as Self-Evidencing: A predictive processing account of non-goal-directed action. New ideas in psychology 56: 100750.
  7. Perrykkad, K., Hohwy, J. (2019). Modelling me, modelling you: The Autistic Self. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  8. Gordon, N., Hohwy, J., Davidson, M. J., van Boxtel, J., & Tsuchiya, N. (2019). From Intermodulation Components to Perception and Cognition- a Review. Neuroimage. [Preprint at  https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/bwpt8].
  9. Gordon, N.,Tsuchiya, N.,Koenig-Robert, R.,Hohwy, J. (2019). Expectation and attention increase the integration of top-down and bottom-up signals in perception through different pathways. PLoS Biol 17(4): e3000233. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000233.
  10. Partovi, A, Zukerman, I., Zhan, K., Hamacher, N., Hohwy, J. 2019. Relationship between device performance, trust and user behaviour in a care-taking scenario. In 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP ’19), June 9–12, 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus. ACM, New York, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.1145/3320435.3320440.
  11. Badcock, P. B, Friston, K., Ramstead, M.D., Ploeger, A., Hohwy, J. (2019) The Hierarchically Mechanistic Mind: An Evolutionary Systems Theory of the Brain, Mind and Behavior. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
  12. Kiefer, A., Hohwy, J. (2019). Representation in the Prediction Error Minimization Framework. In  Routledge Handbook to the Philosophy of Psychology. Robins, S., et al (eds.). Routledge. Pp. 384-410. doi:https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429244629.
  13. Hohwy, J. (2019). Quick’n’dirty or slow and rich? Clark on predictive processing and embodied cognition. In Andy Clark and his critics. (Eds.) L. Irvine, M. Stapleton, M. Colombo. OUP.
  14. Hohwy, J. (2019). Phenomenology and cognitive science: Don’t fear the reductionist bogey-man. Australasian Philosophical Review 2(2):138-144. [Comment on target article by Shaun Gallagher]

Supervision interests

I mainly supervise projects in interdisciplinary philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. This includes the science of consciousness, psychopathology, perception science, computational neuroscience, philosophy of mind and cognition. I welcome inquiries from potential students with a background in both philosophy and psychology/IT/machine learning/neuroscience. Check the current group of students.

Research area keywords

  • Philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of neuroscience
  • philosophy of psychiatry
  • consciousness science
  • cognitive science

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 1997 2020

13 Citations (Scopus)

Neural markers of predictive coding under perceptual uncertainty revealed with hierarchical frequency tagging

Gordon, N., Koenig-Robert, R., Tsuchiya, N., van Boxtel, J. JA. & Hohwy, J., 28 Feb 2017, In : eLife. 6, 17 p., e22749.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
122 Citations (Scopus)

The self-evidencing brain

Hohwy, J., 1 Jun 2016, In : Nous. 50, 2, p. 259-285 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The Predictive Mind

Hohwy, J., 2013, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. 282 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)

Priors in perception: Top-down modulation, Bayesian perceptual learning rate, and prediction error minimization

Hohwy, J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 47, p. 75-85 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

62 Citations (Scopus)

Are there levels of consciousness?

Bayne, T., Hohwy, J. & Owen, A. M., 2016, In : Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 20, 6, p. 405-413 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2017

  • 3 Peer review responsibility
  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to conference

Neuroscience of Consciousness (Journal)

Jakob Hohwy (Associate editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Science (Journal)

Jakob Hohwy (Peer reviewer)

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Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Jakob Hohwy (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Neuroscience of Consciousness (Journal)

Jakob Hohwy (Associate editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Cognition (Journal)

Jakob Hohwy (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility