Research Interests

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

Research Focus

Sensory integration; Sensory communication and interactions; Metacognition

She is working on:

  • Conflict and dissonance monitoring (metacognition)
  • Non linguistic interactions, including with AI

She has worked on:

  • Disunity of consciousness, in particular for bodily awareness
  • Correspondences or 'weak ties' between senses

Selected Publications


  • 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 Biology, 30(10), R417-R419.
  • Garzorz, I., & Deroy, O. (2020). Why there is a vestibular sense, or How metacognition individuates the senses. Multisensory Research, 1(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 Psychology, 10(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 one, 13(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 reports, 8(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 Reports, 7(1), 1-11.
  • Deroy, O., Spence, C., & Noppeney, U. (2016). Metacognition in multisensory perception. Trends in cognitive sciences, 20(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 research, 29(6-7), 585-606.
  • Deroy, O., & Spence, C. (2016). Crossmodal correspondences: Four challenges. Multisensory research, 29(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.