Aleksandra Mroczko-Wąsowicz(房雅俐) Assistant Professor

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Curriculum Vitae

Name: Aleksandra Mroczko-Wąsowicz
Mailing Address: Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University, 11221 Taipei, Taiwan


2007–2010: PhD at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Philosophy) & Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Neurophysiology) Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Doctoral Scholarship from the Barbara-Wengeler-Foundation
Dissertation: The Unity of Consciousness and Phenomenon of Synesthesia 2011
Advisors: Prof. Thomas Metzinger and Prof. Wolf Singer

2003–2004: Graduate Studies at the Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz (Germany) 

2000–2005: Magister Studies in Philosophy, Cognitive Science and Politics, Teacher-Training Course, University of Szczecin (Poland) 
Thesis: Color Qualia in Philosophy of Mind 2005
Advisor: Prof. Max Urchs


Professional Experience:

2012–present: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

2010–2012: Lecturer at the Philosophy Institute II, Ruhr University Bochum & Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mercator Research Group Structure of Memory (EEG laboratory), Germany

2011–2014: Member of the Research Group within the European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities (Volkswagen Foundation); Research Project Comparing Apples with Oranges: A Differential View on Neuroenhancement

2011: Lecturer at the Summer University of the German National Academic Foundation Neurophilosophy of Colors and Sounds, Italy

2010–2011: Research Associate at the Institute for Philosophy, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, the German Research Foundation Project Neuroframes: A Neuro-Cognitive Model of Situated Conceptualization, Germany



Areas of Specialization
: Philosophy of MindPhilosophy of Perception, Philosophy of NeuroscienceNeuroethics, Synesthesia Research, Consciousness Studies

Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Psychology, Epistemology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Applied Ethics

Research interests: consciousness, multimodal perception and integration, synesthesia, brain disorders and mental dysfunction, learning and memory, mental time travel, cognition, concepts, language and semantic processing

Experimental methods used: psychophysics, behavioral methods and electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings in humans


Service to the Profession

Editorial Work:

Guest Associate Editor hosting Research Topic “Perception-Cognition Interface & Cross-Modal Experiences: Insights into Unified Consciousness” in Frontiers in Consciousness Research

Review Editor: Frontiers in Consciousness Research, Frontiers in Cognition

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Consciousness and Cognition, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Theoria: A Swedish Journal of Philosophy and Psychology




since 2013: American Philosophical Society
since 2012: International Neuroethics Society
since 2010: Society for Neuroscience, European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities (Volkswagen Foundation)
since 2008: Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, UK Synaesthesia Association
since 2006: MIND Group at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies



Refereed Publications

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A., Nikolić, D. (2013) Colored alphabets in bilingual synesthetes. In: J. Simner & E. Hubbard (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia. Oxford University Press.

Werning, M., Tacca, M., Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. (2013) High- vs. low-level cognition and the neuro-emulative theory of mental representation. In: U. Gähde, S. Hartmann, J.H. Wolf (Ed.) Models, Simulations, and the Reduction of Complexity, Berlin: De Gruyter.

Rothen, N., Nikolić, D., Jürgens, U.M., Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A., Cock, J., Meier, B. (2012) Psychophysiological evidence for the genuineness of swimming-style colour synaesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(1): 35-46.  

Dresler, M., Sandberg, A., Ohla, K., Bublitz, C., Trenado, C., Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A., Kühn, S., Repantis, D. (2012) Non-pharmacological cognitive enhancement. Neuropharmacology.doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.07.002.  

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A., Werning, M. (2012) Synesthesia, sensory-motor contingency, and semantic emulation: how swimming style-color synesthesia challenges the traditional view of synesthesia. Frontiers in Psychology (Research Topic in Frontiers in Cognition: Linking Perception and Cognition) 3(279): 1-12.  

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. (2011) The Unity of Consciousness and Phenomenon of Synesthesia. PhD thesis at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Written in German: Die Einheit des Bewusstseins und das Phänomen der Synästhesie.

Nikolić, D., Jürgens, U.M., Rothen, N., Meier, B., and Mroczko A. (2011) Swimming-style synesthesia. Cortex, 47 (7):874-879.  

Mroczko, A., Metzinger, T., Singer, W., and Nikolić, D. (2009) Immediate transfer of synesthesia to a novel inducer. Journal of Vision, 9(12):25, 1-8. 

Mroczko, A. (2009) Translation with J. Neckar of Thomas Metzinger: What Psychologists Can Learn from the Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity. In: A. Niedźwieńska & J. Neckar (ed.) Poznaj samego siebie, czyli o źródłach samowiedzy. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Academica.

Mroczko, A. (2005) Color Qualia in Philosophy of Mind. Magister thesis at the University of Szczecin. Written in Polish: Zagadnienie qualiów barwnych w filozofii umysłu.


In progress, forthcoming articles

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. Cognitive penetrability of synesthetic and ordinary perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. The Continuum Theory of Unified Consciousness: Insights from Studies on Cross-Modal Phenomena. Frontiers in Consciousness Research.

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. and Nikolić, D. Semantic mechanisms may create synesthesia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Research Topic: Developing Synaesthesia).

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. What Synesthesia Can Tell Us About The Unity of Consciousness.Theoria.

Mroczko-Wąsowicz, A. Multimodal integration of flavor perception. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.


Selected conference presentations and invited talks

The 17th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, CA, USA, July 12-16, 2013. Intersection of perception and cognition & cross-modal experiences: New insights into unified consciousness.

International Workshop on Consciousness and the Self IV, National Yang Ming University Taipei, Taiwan, January 12, 2013. Examining Conscious Mental States in Synesthesia.

Seminar of the Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, November 14, 2012. Rethinking synesthesia from an empirically informed philosophical perspective.

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2012, New Orleans, October 10-17. Social neuroscience investigations of synesthesia, sensory-motor simulation and empathy.

The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, July 02-07, 2012. Synaesthesia, embodied simulation and sensory-motor contingency.

International Workshop on Consciousness and the Self II & III, National Yang Ming University Taipei, Taiwan, 2012.May: Reflections on synesthesia, sensory-motor contingency and the self & June: Hypercoherently unified conscious states in synesthesia and the phenomenal self.

The 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2011, Washington D.C., November 12-16. Mental time travel and imagining. How do they relate to memory and self-consciousness?

The 15th MIND Meeting, Frankfurt/Main, October 20-23, 2011. The Continuum Theory of Unified Consciousness: Insights from Studies on Synesthesia.

Research Colloquium Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Ruhr University Bochum, January 27, 2011. Exploring the unity of consciousness by neuroscientific synesthesia research.

The 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2010, San Diego, November 13-17. The experience of the unity of consciousness and its binding mechanism grasped by neuroscientific synesthesia research.

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto/Canada, June 24-27, 2010. What Synesthesia May Tell Us about the Unity of Consciousness.

Ernst-Strüngmann-Institute for Cognitive Neurosciences, Workshop in Ringberg Castle, June 6th – 9th, 2010. Conceptual aspects of synesthesia.

The 12th MIND Meeting, Zürich, March 19-23, 2010. Synesthesia and the unity of consciousness.

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research In-house Symposium, Frankfurt/Main, November 17, 2009. Immediate Transfer of Synesthesia to a Novel Inducer.

NIPS International Workshop for Scientific Study of Consciousness, Okazaki Conference Center, Aichi, Japan, September 19-20, 2009. Multiplicity in Unity: the Unity of Consciousness and Synesthesia.

The 32nd International Neuroscience Conference of the Japan Neuroscience Society, Nagoya Congress Center, Japan, September 16-18, 2009. Transfer of Synesthetic Experience.

Summer University Memory and Mind: Learning and Representing Structures in the Brain, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2009, June.

International Synaesthesia Congress, Granada, Spain, April 26-29, 2009. Acquisition of Synaesthetic Experience by a Novel Inducer.

The 10th MIND Meeting, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, November 20-22, 2008. Immediate Transfer of Synesthesia.

The 9th International Conference of the German Association for Cognitive Science, Technical University of Dresden KogWis’08, September 28 – October 1, 2008. Synaesthesia and the Unity of Consciousness.

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Department of Neurophysiology), Workshop in Ringberg Castle, August 31 – September 3, 2008. The phenomenon of synaesthesia.

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, the Gis Convention Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, June 19-22, 2008. The Role of Semantic Representations in Grapheme-Colour Synaesthesia.

The Institute for Medical Psychology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital, FFM, April 21, 2008. Die prompte Übertragung von synästhetischen Farbempfindungen auf die neuen graphemischen Induktoren.

The 4th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the UK Synaesthesia Association, Psychology Department, The University of Edinburgh, March 29-30, 2008. Immediate Transfer of Synaesthetic Concurrents to Novel Inducers.


Supervised Theses

1. Pang, Hao. Perception and Objectivity, 2012-
2. Leung, Ka-Yeung. Emotions, 2012-
3. Cvetkov, Angel. Altered States of Consciousness, 2012-
4. Liao, Rofan. Neuroethics of Mental Disorder, 2012-



Courses at the National Yang Ming University Taipei:

Spring 2012: Neuroethics (general education lecture), Philosophy of Mind (graduate seminar), Consciousness Research (lab meeting).
Fall 2012/2013: Neuroethics (general education lecture), Philosophy of Mind (graduate seminar), Consciousness Research (lab meeting).
Spring 2013: Neuroethics (general education lecture), Philosophy of Perception and Cognition (graduate seminar), Thesis Colloquium.
Fall 2013: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives in Neuroethics (general education lecture), Perceptual Experience, Consciousness and Cognition (graduate seminar), Seminar on Perceptual Consciousness I.


Courses at the Ruhr University Bochum:

Seminars (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011): Relations among sense modalities – Issues in Philosophy of Perception, The Problem of Consciousness, Mind & Brain - Interdisciplinary Approaches, Philosophy of Perception.

Summer Academy of the German National Academic Foundation:
September 2011: Course on Neurophilosophy of Colors and Sounds.



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