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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Imagination and Modal Cognition Lab at Duke University. I earned my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2022. Before UT Austin, I earned an MA in Philosophy and Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that I graduated first in my class from Chinese University of Hong Kong and spent a year at the University of Notre Dame.
My research centers around the multifaceted ways in which minds can relate us to the external world. It uses analytic metaphysics and cognitive science to identify structural differences between typical and 'heightened' ways of sensing the world, with current focuses on mindfulness and aesthetic awareness. It takes insight from diverse intellectual traditions, especially Buddhism and Daoism. My research also engages with surrounding normative issues, concerning how these ways of sensing matter for our epistemic agency and well-being.
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