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Dr Nicolas Bullot

MA Polytechnique, MA EHESS, PhD EHESS.

Nicolas Bullot

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +61 8 8946 6057
email : nicolas.bullot@cdu.edu.au
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9235-9111

External Address

Department of Law Education Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University

Profile

As a philosopher of cognitive science committed to cross-disciplinary inquiry, I am conducting a research project titled "Agent Tracking and its Disorders." This project investigates how human individuals "track" each other over time. I use the concept of tracking to refer to the fact that people routinely gather information and update records about the identity, mental states, agency, personality and biography of themselves and other human individuals. This social tracking over time and history is needed for the purpose of predicting, understanding, or controlling the behaviour of oneself and others. Fundamental questions about this type of tracking remain unaddressed because we lack a unified multidisciplinary framework to explain the cognitive ability to identify people over time. The overarching aim of my project is to develop a psycho-historical theory that provides such an integrative framework. The psycho-historical research program that I defend (with Rolf Reber) is outlined in “The Artful Mind Meets Art History” and “A Psycho-Historical Research Program for the Integrative Science of Art” (in press), a target article and a response to 27 international commentators in press for Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Prior to my current position at Macquarie University, I completed a doctoral research in the philosophy of cognitive science at the Institut Jean Nicod (EHESS, CNRS, Paris). I was subsequently awarded grants to develop my research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris, France), the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).

Awards

  • Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) (2009), Bullot, N.J. "How do we keep track of others? A philosophical and multidisciplinary theory of the tracking of persons and objects."
  • Visiting Fellowship (2008), Bullot, N.J. Attending the laboratory of Professor Reber at University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Middle East Technical University, Turkey (2007), Bullot, N.J. Visiting Fellowship, Tubitak Award.
  • Honorarium from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. (2007), Bullot, N.J. Awarded at the symposium 'Art and the Brain,' University of Illinois, USA.
  • Fulbright Fellowship (2002), Bullot, N.J. Awarded from the Franco-American Commission, Paris, France and Institute for International Education, New York, USA.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury." Baird, A., Thompson, W., Bullot, N., Miller, L., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C. ($31,000)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2012) "Belief in memory." Barnier, A., Savage, G., Addis, D., Cox, R., Sutton, J., Bullot, N., Harris, C., Irish, M., Connaughton, E., Cordonnier, A., Selwood, A., Temler, M., Williamson, K., & Keil, P. ($40,000)
  • Macquarie University Discovery Early Career Research Award Start-Up Grant (2012) "Agent tracking and its disorders." Bullot, N. ($25,000)
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award [DE120102055] (2012 - 2014) "Agent tracking and its disorders: A theory of the cognitive mechanisms, errors, and ethics involved in the identification of human individuals." Bullot, N.J. ($375,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Bullot, N.J. (2014). History, causal information, and the neuroscience of art: Toward a psycho-historical theory. In C.T. Wolfe (Ed.), Brain Theory: Essays in Critical Neurophilosophy (pp. 241-263). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2014). La theorie psycho-historique de l'art [The psycho-historical theory of art]. In J. Morizot (Ed.), Naturaliser l'esthétique? Questions et enjeux d’un programme philosophique [Naturalising Aesthetics? Questions and significance of a philosophical programme] (pp. 75-85). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
  • Bullot, N. (2011). Attention, information and epistemic perception. In G. Terzis, & R. Arp (Eds.), Information and Living Systems: Essays in Philosophy of Biology (pp. 309-352). Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). An account of image perceptual understanding based on epistemic attention and reference. In A. Butz et al. (Eds.), Smart Graphics 2006 (pp. 224-229). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). Attention épistémique et identification démonstrative. In S. Lapointe, F. Lepage (Eds.), Actes du Colloque de la Société de Philosophie Analytique (SOPHA 2003): Langage, Pensée, Action (pp. 1-22). Montréal, Canada: Publications Electronique de Philosophia Scientiae.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2005). Context-dependent and epistemic uses of attention for perceptual-demonstrative identification. In A. Dey, B. Kokinov, D. Leake, & R. Turner (Eds.), Modeling and Using Context (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 3554) (pp. 67-82). Berlin: Heidelberg, Springer Verlag.
  • Bullot, N.J., Casati, R., & Dokic, J. (2005). L'identification des objets et des lieux sont-elles interdependantes? In C. Thinus-Blanc, & J. Bullier (Eds.), Agir Dans L'espace (pp. 15-32). Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
  • Bullot, N.J., Casati, R., Dokic, J., & Ludwig, P. (2005). Art et cognition: Deux theories. In M. Borillo (Ed.), Approches Cognitives de la Creation Artistique (pp. 45-48). Hayen, Belgique: Mardaga.

Periodicals

  • Bullot, N.J. (2015). Agent tracking: A psycho-historical theory of the identification of living and social agents. Biology & Philosophy, 30, 359-382. doi:10.1007/s10539-014-9447-x
  • Bullot, N.J. (2014). The functions of environmental art. Leonardo, 47(5), 511-512. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_00828
  • Bullot, N.J. (2014). Explaining person identification: An inquiry into the tracking of human agents. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6(4), 567-584. doi:10.1111/tops.12109
  • Bullot, N.J. (2014). The functions of environmental art. Leonardo, 47, 511-512. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_00828
  • Bullot, N.J., & Rich, A.N. (2014). The tracking and identification of human agents [Special Issue]. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6(4).
  • Rich, A.N., & Bullot, N.J. (2014). Keeping track: The tracking and identification of human agents (editorial preface). Topics in Cognitive Science, 6(4), 560-566. doi:10.1111/tops.12112
  • Bullot, N.J., & Reber, R. (2013). The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-historical framework for the science of art appreciation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(2), 123-137. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12000489
  • Bullot, N.J., & Reber, R. (2013). A psycho-historical research program for the integrative science of art [response to 27 commentaries]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(2), 163-180. doi:10.1017/S0140525X12002464
  • Reber, R., & Bullot, N.J. (2013). Artistic understanding matters to musical judgment: Comment on "From everyday emotions to aesthetic emotions: Towards a unified theory of musical emotions" by Patrik N. Juslin. Physics of Life Reviews, 10(3), 273-274. doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2013.06.006
  • Bullot, N.J., & Egré, P. (2010). Editorial: Objects and sound perception [Special Issue]. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1(1), 5-17. doi:10.1007/s13164-009-0006-3
  • Bullot, N.J. (2009). Toward a theory of the empirical tracking of individuals: Cognitive flexibility and the functions of attention in integrated tracking. Philosophical Psychology, 22(3), 353-387. doi:10.1080/09515080902969006
  • Bullot, N.J. (2009). Material anamnesis and the prompting of aesthetic worlds: The psycho-historical theory of artworks. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16(1), 85-109.
  • Bullot, N.J., & Droulez, J. (2008). Keeping track of invisible individuals while exploring a spatial layout with partial cues: Location-based and deictic direction-based strategies. Philosophical Psychology, 21(1), 15-46. doi:10.1080/09515080701840861
  • Bullot, N.J., & Rysiew, P. (2007). A study in the cognition of individuals' identity: Solving the problem of singular cognition in object and agent tracking. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 276-293. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2006.09.006
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). The principle of ontological commitment in pre- and postmortem multiple agent tracking [open-peer commentary on J. Bering's article 'The Folkpsychology of Souls']. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(5), 466-468.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). La Construction de l'Objet Percu, Recherches sur la perception singuliere des objets physiques, l'attention epistemique et l'identification demonstrative: Resume. In Cognitio: Cahiers Romans de Sciences Cognitives, 3.1, 71-92.
  • Barberousse, A., Bullot, N.J., Zeimbekis, J., & Origgi, G. (2005). Pictures in cognition and science. Interdisciplines: Art and Cognition [E-publication].
  • Bullot, N.J., & Rysiew, P. (2005). Tracking objects, tracking agents. Interdisciplines: Referring to objects [E-publication].
  • Bullot, N.J., & Ludwig, P. (2003). Art and the Mind [Special Issue]. The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosopical Inquiry, 86(4.

Published Abstracts

  • Bullot, N.J., Casati, R., Dokic, J., Giri, M. (2004). Sounding objects [Abstract]. Proceedings of Les journées du design sonore (IRCAM, SFA).
  • Bullot, N.J., Droulez, J., Morvan, C., & Pylyshyn, Z. (2004). Keeping track of objects while exploring a spatial layout with partial cues: Location-based and direction-based strategies [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 4(8), 364a. [Link]
  • Bullot, N.J. (2003). Objects and aesthetic attention [Abstract]. Interdisciplines: Art and Cognition.
  • Bullot, N.J., Droulez, J., & Pylyshyn, Z.W. (2003). Keeping track of objects while exploring an informationally impoverished environment: Local deictic versus global spatial strategies [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 3(9), 323a. [Link]

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Bullot, N.J. (2013). A nature under surveillance: Deciphering the core functions of environmental arts. In S. Davis (Ed.), Future Nature, Future Culture(s): Balance-Unbalance 2013 International Conference, Noosa, Australia (pp. 13-23). Noosa: Noosa Biosphere Limited & CQ University Noosa.
  • Bullot, N.J., & Reber, R. (2012). The artful mind meets art history: A psycho-historical foundation for empirical aesthetics. In (Ed.), Proceedings of the 22nd Biennial Congress of The International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) (pp. C6-11). Taipei, Taiwan: National Taiwan Normal University.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). Object files, anchoring, sortals and the problem of singular perception. In R. Sun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1062-1067). Vancouver BC, Canada: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). An account of image perceptual understanding based on epistemic attention and reference. In A. Butz et al. (Eds.), Smart Graphics 2006 (pp. 224-229). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2006). Attention épistémique et identification démonstrative. In S. Lapointe, & F. Lepage (Eds.), Actes du Colloque de la Société de Philosophie Analytique (SOPHA 2003): Langage, Pensée, Action (pp. 1-22). Montréal, Canada: Publications Electronique de Philosophia Scientiae.
  • Bullot, N.J., Casati, R., & Dokic, J. (2005). L'identification des objets et des lieux sont-elles interdependantes? In C. Thinus-Blanc, & J. Bullier (Eds.), Agir dans l'espace (pp. 15-32). Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
  • Bullot, N.J., Casati, R., Dokic, J., & Ludwig, P. (2005). Art et Cognition: deux theories. In M. Borillo (Ed.), Approches Cognitives de la Creation Artistique (pp. 45-48). Hayen, Belgique: Mardaga.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Baird, A., Thompson, W.F., Bullot, N., Miller, L.A., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C. (2016, August). Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Baird, A., Bullot, N., & Thompson, W. (2014, July). Music evoked memories and emotions: The effect of musical expertise and Alzheimer’s Dementia. Colloquium at the Cognition in Context Colloquium Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Farina, M., & Bullot, N. (2014, July). Culture in contexts: A psycho-historical theory of cultural learning. Paper presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Canberra.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2014, May). A psycho-historical theory of person identification. Colloquium at the Department of Cognitive Science 3M Research Fiesta, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bullot, N. (2013, December). Commentary on "The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution" by Stephen Davies. Invited symposium conducted at the Australasian Association of Philosophy New Zealand Conference, Auckland, NZ.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2013, July). Confounding identities. Paper presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Brisbane.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2013, June). The functions of environmental art. Paper presented at the Balance-Unbalance International Conference, Noosa.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2012, August). The artful mind meets art history: A psycho-historical theory of the tracking and identification of agents and artefacts. Paper presented at the Annual Workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bullot, N.J., & Williamson, K. (2012, February). The psycho-historical theory of human agent tracking: An integrative framework for explaining and classifying the types of power afforded by information gathering and surveillance. Presentation given at the Surveillance and/in Everyday Life: Monitoring Pasts, Presents and Futures, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2011, May). Apparent animacy and modularity: Minding the gap between the perception of animates and the understanding of other minds. Invited presentation given at the Department of Philosophy, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2011, March). The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-historical framework for the cognitive science of art. Invited presentation given at the Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2009, May). Truth makers and trace-makers: Producing narratives and knowledge from the study of material traces. Invited presentation given at the Séminaire Narratologies Contemporaines: Fiction and cognition, CRAL École des Hautes Études en Sciences Paris, France.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2009, March). Resolving conundrums about auditory objects. Invited presentation given at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Bergen, Norway.
  • Bullot, N.J. (2008, October). How does listening aid us tracking individuals? Ontological conundrums in the auscultation of auditory objects. In M. Chait, T. Griffiths, & D. McAlpine (Chair), Auditory Objects. Invited presentation given at the Novartis Foundation Meeting, Paris, France.

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