Contact: martin [dot] fortier [at] ens [dot] fr



I hold a master’s degree in philosophy as well as a master’s degree in anthropology. I am currently a doctoral student at Institut Jean Nicod (a lab hosted by the Department of Cognitive Studies of ENS-Paris) and at the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences of EHESS-Paris. I am also a visiting student researcher at the Department of Anthropology of Stanford University. My research broadly explores how culture influences cognition. In order to investigate this question, I resort to tools from anthropology, neurobiology, philosophy and psychology.
My current PhD research project consists in exploring the interplay between neurobiological processes and culture in hallucinogenic experiences. The model I am developing is largely influenced by the Bayesian, the predictive coding and the free energy frameworks advocated by researchers such as Karl Friston, Chris Frith and Philip Corlett. Part of my PhD research consists in examining the theoretical and philosophical consequences of this general Bayesian model of altered consciousness.
In parallel, I am still further exploring the topic of Amazonian animism which was at the core of my anthropology master’s thesis. I am doing so by combining the tools of ethnography, cognitive anthropology and psychology. My main fieldwork is located in Shipibo communities of the Middle Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon.

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