‘Rethinking the Senses: uniting the philosophy and neuroscience of perception’ is a three-year collaborative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Science in Culture theme.

Science in Culture theme

Science in Culture is one of the key themes identified by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as a focus for research funding. The Science in Culture theme aims to encourage mutual exchange between researchers working across the sciences and the arts and humanities. The Science in Culture theme invites arts and humanities researchers to go beyond the investigation of the cultural contexts for science and seeks to show ways in which that research contributes to and informs scientific research.


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.


Rethinking the Senses (RTS) engages researchers working within a number of organisations across the UK and we are grateful for the support and collaborations that they provide.

CenSes and Institute of Philosophy (London)

The Institute of Philosophy (IP) is an institute within the University of London’s School of Advanced Study and was founded in 2005. The IP aims to promote and facilitate high quality research in philosophy, making it available to the widest possible audience both inside and outside the UK’s academic community. The Centre for the Study of the Senses (CenSes) is hosted by the Institute of Philosophy. CenSes pioneers collaborative, multidisciplinary sensory research, drawing on the work of philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists and creating a mutually beneficial research environment.


Philosophy at the University of Warwick is unique in being strong in both Continental and Analytic Philosophy. Students can combine the study of Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Foucault, with Locke, Berkeley, Wittgenstein and Russell, and with contemporary analytic philosophy (philosophy of mind, epistemology and ethics) to gain a breadth of knowledge that is available nowhere else. The department is ranked the top departments in the UK for 19th– and 20th-century continental philosophy, and in the top three for philosophy of mind and philosophy of art. The department hosts a great variety of research activity, much of which is organised around four Research Groups. There are numerous talks, seminars, and workshops that take place throughout the term.

Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (Glasgow)

The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) is based at the University of Glasgow and facilitates analytical philosophical and empirical research into the nature of perceptual experience. The centre’s researchers often work in an interdisciplinary manner drawing on philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, and human computer interaction. CSPE personnel conduct and publish research, often based on the conferences, workshops, reading groups that are organised. The centre has links to many research groups in the UK, Europe and North America working on the nature of perception and it frequently hosts academic visitors from around the world.

Crossmodal Research Laboratory (Oxford)

The Crossmodal Research Laboratory is based within the Department for Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Researchers are studying the integration of information across the sense modalities using a variety of paradigms and techniques. This exciting area of research is changing the way we view our senses, and contributing important new insights to the understanding of the brain. The Department for Experimental Psychology is one of the leading psychology departments worldwide. It is known for its ground breaking basic and translational research, and for the exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

SAS (London)

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities. The School brings together 10 prestigious research institutes to offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Historical Research, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights.