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Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy

Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy

Chair and Head of Philosophy of Mind and CVBE


LMU Munich
Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion
Ludwigstraße 31
80539 München

Short Biography and Research Interests

Ophelia Deroy holds the Chair in Philosophy of Mind, at the LMU, and is a member of the Graduate School in Systemic Neuroscience (GSN) in Munich. She is the former deputy director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, where she also held a research position. She specialises in philosophy of mind and cognitive neurosciences, and has widely published on issues related to multisensory perception and social interactions, both in philosophical and scientific journals. Her research looks more particularly at aspects of experience and thought which challenge individuals' capacity for rational justification or even reflective awareness - such as arbitrary inclinations to connect sensory dimensions, or cognitive biases.

She is an active promoter and a leading advocate of stronger connections between philosophical and scientific approaches to the mind. Her work is frequently broadcast in national and international newspapers, and she
is regularly consulted by institutions and the media regarding the relevance of philosophy for scientific debates.
She has been involved in several collaborative grants with cognitive neuroscientists (AHRC large grant, 2013-2017 ; DefiSens grant 2014 and 2015 ; BIAL grant 2017-2019).

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Research Focus

Perception, Social Cognition

Selected Publications

Deroy, O. (under contract). Philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. London: Routledge.

Deroy, O., & Spence, C. (forthcoming, 2018). Crossmodal correspondences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deroy, O. (ed.) (in press, 2017). Sensory blending: New essays on synaesthesia and related phenomena. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Fairhurst, M. T., & Deroy, O. (2017). Testing the shared spatial representation of magnitude of auditory and visual intensity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(3), 629-638.

Deroy, O., Spence, C., & Noppeney, U. (2016). Metacognition in multisensory perception, Trends in Cognitive Science, 20, 736–747.

Deroy, O., Faivre, N., Lunghi, C., Spence, C., Aller, M., & Noppeney, U. (2016). The complex interplay between multisensory integration and perceptual awareness, Multisensory Research, 29, 585 – 606.

Deroy, O., Fasiello, I., Hayward, V., & Auvray, M. (2016). Differentiated audio-tactile correspondences in sighted and blind individuals, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Perception and Performance, 42, 1204-1214.

Deroy, O., Chen, Y.-C., & Spence, C. (2014). Multisensory constraints on awareness. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B., 369, 1641, 20130207

Deroy, O. (2013). Object-sensitivity versus cognitive penetrability of perception. Philosophical Studies, 162, 87-107.

Deroy, O. & Spence, C. (2013a). Are we all born synaesthetic? Examining the neonatal synaesthesia hypothesis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 37, 1240-1253.

Deroy, O., & Spence, C. (2013b). Why we are not all synesthetes (not even weakly so). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 1-22.

Spence, C., & Deroy, O. (2013) How automatic are crossmodal correspondences? Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 245-260.

Deroy, O., & Auvray, M. (2012). Reading the world through the skin and ears: a new perspective on sensory substitution. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:457.

Spence, C., & Deroy, O. (2012). Hearing mouth shapes: Sound symbolism and the reverse McGurk effect. I-Perception, 3, 550-552.


Deroy, O., Fernandez-Prieto, I., Navarra, J. & Spence, C. (2017). Unravelling the paradox of spatial pitch, in Hubbard, T (ed.) Spatial biases in perception and cognition, Cambridge : MIT Press.

Deroy, O. (2016). Multisensory perception and cognitive penetration. In D. Raftopoulos & J. Zembekis (eds). Cognitive Penetration, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deroy, O. (2015) Can Sounds be Red? A New Account of Synaesthesia as Enriched Experience, in Coleman, S. & Coates, P. (eds) Phenomenal Qualities, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deroy, O. (2014). The unity assumption and the many unities of consciousness. In C. Hill & D. Bennett (eds.) The Unity of Consciousness and Sensory Integration. Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press.

Deroy, O. (2014). Modularity. In M. Matthen (ed) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Auvray, M. & Deroy, O. (2014). Synesthesia. In M. Matthen (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deroy, O. & Auvray, M. (2014). A crossmodal perspective on sensory substitution. In M. Matthen, S. Biggs & D. Stokes (eds.) Perception and its Modalities, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spence, C. & Deroy, O. (2013). Crossmodal imagery. In S. Lacey and R. Lawson (eds.) Multisensory Imagery (pp. 157-183), New York: Springer.