I am a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive science and philosophy of mind at the Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure at Paris Sciences et Lettres University.

My research brings together perception, metacognition, and social cognition. For this, I combine philosophical methods with empirical work, designing and running experiments, and collaborating with cognitive neuroscientists.

Currently, I study how our perception of the world is influenced by others. Besides this project, I have interests in multisensory perception, computational approaches in cognitive science, and the science of consciousness.

I obtained my PhD from the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, in the CVBE Cognition, Values and Behaviour group. In my doctoral project, I focused on the role of perceptual experience in joint attention (see here), and on how different sense modalities are implicated during joint attention (see here and here).

Before coming to Munich, I obtained a BA (joint first honours) in Philosophy and Art at the University of Dundee, an MA in Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and a Research MA (cum laude) in Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen, with specialization in Philosophy of Mind and Language. I also completed MSc courses in Cognitive Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence (at Radboud and Donders) and Neuroscience (at GSN LMU). I have previously been active as an independent artist, having exhibited my artistic work internationally.

Apart from philosophy and brain sciences, I’m passionate about hiking, rock climbing, swimming, running, abstract art, and have a soft spot for all things avant-garde.

I was interviewed for the Blog of the American Philosophical Association (APA) on October 2020.


Contact: lucas.battich [at] ens.psl.eu

Institut Jean Nicod
École Normale Supérieure
Pavillon Jardin, 29 Rue d’Ulm
75005 Paris, France