About me

Ophelia Deroy

I hold the Chair for Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience at the LMU, and am a member of the Faculty of Philosophy and the Munich Centre for Neuroscience. Formerly, I was acting director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, and now continue to direct a research centre (CREATE) on Experimental Aesthetics, Technology and Engineering there.  As an extension, and personal passion, I work with museums, art studios and companies on how to make people think and grapple better with complex ideas, drawing on sensory means – what I call ‘multisensory rhetoric’. 

Areas of interest:
Sensory integration; Sensory communication and interactions ; Metacognition

I am working on:

– Conflict and dissonance monitoring (metacognition) 

– Non linguistic interactions, including with AI 

I have worked on:

– Disunity of consciousness, in particular for bodily awareness  

– Correspondences or ‘weak ties’ between senses 


Selection from the last 5 years. See opheliaderoy.com for complete list 


Cheng, T., Deroy, O., & Spence, C. (Eds.). (2019). Spatial Senses: Philosophy of Perception in an Age of Science. Routledge.

Deroy, O. (Ed.). (2017). Sensory blending: on synaesthesia and related phenomena. Oxford University Press.


Dezecache, G., Frith, C. D., & Deroy, O. (2020). Pandemics and the great evolutionary mismatch. Current Biology30(10), R417-R419.

Garzorz, I., & Deroy, O. (2020). Why there is a vestibular sense, or How metacognition individuates the senses. Multisensory Research1(aop), 1-20.

Battich, L., Fairhurst, M., & Deroy, O. (2020). Coordinating attention requires coordinated senses. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 1-13.

Travers, E., Fairhurst, M. T., & Deroy, O. (2020). Racial bias in face perception is sensitive to instructions but not introspection. Consciousness and cognition, 83, 102952.

Deroy, O. (2019). Categorising without concepts. Review of Philosophy and Psychology10(3), 465-478.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Deroy, O., Marquardt, T., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., Asai, T., Kimura, T., & Kitagawa, N. (2018). Audio-tactile cues from an object’s fall change estimates of one’s body height. PloS one13(6), e0199354.

Fairhurst, M. T., Travers, E., Hayward, V., & Deroy, O. (2018). Confidence is higher in touch than in vision in cases of perceptual ambiguity. Scientific reports8(1), 1-9.

Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Vakali, M., Fairhurst, M. T., Mandrigin, A., Bianchi-Berthouze, N., & Deroy, O. (2017). Contingent sounds change the mental representation of one’s finger length. Scientific Reports7(1), 1-11.

Deroy, O., Spence, C., & Noppeney, U. (2016). Metacognition in multisensory perception. Trends in cognitive sciences20(10), 736-747.

Deroy, O., Faivre, N., Lunghi, C., Spence, C., Aller, M., & Noppeney, U. (2016). The complex interplay between multisensory integration and perceptual awareness. Multisensory research29(6-7), 585-606.

Deroy, O., & Spence, C. (2016). Crossmodal correspondences: Four challenges. Multisensory research29(1-3), 29-48.


Deroy, O. (2020).  Evocation: How mental imagery spans across the senses. The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination, 276-290

Deroy, O., Fernandez-Prieto, I., Navarra, J., & Spence, C. (2018). Unravelling the paradox of spatial pitch. Spatial biases in perception and cognition, 77-93.

 Deroy, O. (2015). Modularity of perception. Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception. New York: Oxford UP, 755-78.