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Cordelia Erikson-Davis

Cordelia Erikson-Davis

Cordelia Erikson-Davis

Anthropology

About

I am an MD/PhD candidate at Stanford University in the cultural anthropology department. I draw together theory and methods from the neurosciences and the social sciences in order to explore the links between the political and perceptual; the social and subjective.

My research focuses on brain machine interfaces devices - in particular, the artificial eye. I am interested in how certain assumptions that inform device design and implementation manifest in the phenomenological experience of device users. What does the subject see‚ when the device is turned on? What does it mean for it to “work?” How might we use the discrepancies that arise between our predictions for artificial vision and that which results to inform our theories of perception more generally?