Other people vastly shape the way we think, act and generally make sense of ourselves and the world around us. My ultimate goal is to drastically rethink the co-construction of social reality and the self, for eventually informing psychiatric, pedagogical and generally societal practice. In my PhD, thereof, with Leonhard Schilbach and the Independent Max Planck Research Group for Social Neuroscience, I am firstly trying to gain a better insight into social interaction, as a key factor for understanding the dialectical and profound interdependence of individual and social processes. Additionally, being affiliated with the International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry, I am aiming at connecting my theoretical and experimental work with practical implications for the benefit of people with certain psychiatric conditions, such as autism, depression and schizophrenia.
To this end, I am trying to bring together perspectives of my formal training in aspects of engineering (Diploma in electrical and computer engineering – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), biomedicine (MSc in biomedical engineering – ETH Zurich) and neuropsychiatry (autism research – Trinity College Dublin) with my strong philosophical interest in intersubjectivity. The most important conceptual and methodological tools which motivate my thought and enable my doctoral work include sociocultural-historical-activity theories, second-person and enactive approaches to neuroscience, Bayesian accounts of brain function, neuroimaging and behavioral tracking, as well as computational methods for data analysis.