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Markus Werning, Prof. PhD

Ruhr University Bochum
Email: Markus.Werning@ruhr-uni-bochum.de



Main Research Interests



Academic Background

Markus Werning is Professor of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at the Ruhr University Bochum. His group is part of the Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory", which unites philosophical and neuroscientific perspectives on episodic and semantic memory. After receiving Master Degrees in Philosophy and Physics from the Free University of Berlin, he joined the Rutgers Center of Cognitive Science in New Jersey. He received his PhD with a dissertation on The Compositional Brain: A Unification of Neuronal and Philosophical Perspectives from the University of Düsseldorf and taught in Erfurt as well as Düsseldorf. He published in Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Neuroscience journals, is editor of various anthologies as well as special issues and is currently editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Compositionality (OUP, 2012).



Recent Publications

Cheng, S. & Werning, M. (2013). Composition and Replay of Mnemonic Sequences: The Contributions of REM and Slow-wave Sleep to Episodic Memory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Horn, C., Löbner, S., & Werning, M. (2012). Special Issue: Semantic Contributions to a Theory of Concepts. Journal of Semantics, 29,4.

Mroczko-Wasowicz, A. & Werning, M. (2012). Synesthesia, sensory-motor contingency and semantic emulation: How swimming style-color synesthesia challenges the traditional view of synesthesia. Fontiers in Psychology, 3, 279.

Werning, M., Hinzen, W., & Machery, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Werning, M. (2010). Complex first? On the evolutionary and developmental priority of semantically thick words. Philosophy of Science, 77, 1096–1108.

Werning, M. (2010). Descartes discarded? Introspective self-awareness and the problems of transparency and compositionality. Consciousness and Cognition, 19/3, 751–61.

Werning, M. (2008). The complex first paradox why do semantically thick concepts so early lexicalize as nouns? Interaction Studies, 9/1, 67–83.

Werning, M. (2009). The evolutionary and social preference for knowledge: How to solve Menon’s problem within reliabilism. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 79, 137-56.

Abraham, A., Rakoczy, H., Werning, M., von Cramon, D. Y., & Schubotz, R. I. (2010). Matching mind to world and vice versa: Functional dissociations between belief and desire mentalstate processing. Social Neuroscience, 5, 1-18.



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