Prof. Dr. Markus Werning, Department of Philosophy II & Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory"

Markus Werning

Research Programme:

Prof. Dr. Markus Werning works primarily in the philosophy of language and mind with a strong neurophilosophical approach. His group develops an integrative theory that positions the topics of semantic and episodic memory in a wider philosophical context. On the one hand, the unit explores the relationship between semantic memory and conceptual representation. A main aspect here is the neural realization of conceptual representation and the role semantic memory plays in the constitution of linguistic meaning. On the other hand, they investigate the relationship between episodic memory and the experience of time, the envisioning of past and future as well as personal identity. Apart from theoretical approaches, the unit employs empirical methods such electroencephalography (on a 64-channel EEG system). Moreover, the researchers develop a theory of emulative semantics employing neurocomputational models such as oscillatory neural networks. Other topics of interest are perception and action, introspection, free will and emotions.