Marco Fenici

Research Fellow

Ph.D., University of Siena

Areas of Interest: Social Cognition & Mindreading, Embodied & Embedded Cognition, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science

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Marco Fenici completed his MA (laurea) in Philosophy and Logics at the University of Florence in 2005, and his PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Siena in 2011. In his career, he has been Research Fellow at the University of Florence, and visiting fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), the University of Hertfordshire (UK), and the Rühr Universität Bochum (DE). His research focuses on the development of social cognition in infancy and early childhood. He is also interested in the nature and function of folk psychology, embodied and extended cognition, and the philosophy of human sciences. His work is published in Mind & Language, the Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, Philosophical Psychology, and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. He is a curious person, and likes to explore new cultures. In his free time, he also enjoys dancing tango, and playing board games.


Sample publications

Fenici, M. & Garofoli, D. (2017). The biocultural emergence of mindreading: Integrating cognitive archaeology and human development, Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, 1(2), 89–117.

Fenici, M. (2017). Rebuilding the landscape of psychological understanding after the mindreading war, Phenomenology & Mind, 1(1), 42–50. 

Fenici, M. (2017). What is the role of experience in children’s success in the false belief test: maturation, facilitation, attunement, or induction?, Mind & Language, 32(3), 308–337. 

Fenici, M., & Zawidzki, T. (2016). Action understanding in infancy: Do infant interpreters attribute enduring mental states or track relational properties of transient bouts of behavior?, Studia Philosophica Estonica, 9(2), 137–157.

Fenici, M. (2015). A simple explanation of apparent early mindreading: infants’ sensitivity to goals and gaze direction, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 14(3), 497–515. 

Fenici, M. (2015). Social cognitive abilities in infancy: is mindreading the best explanation?, Philosophical Psychology, 28(3), 387–411. 

Fenici, M. (2012). Embodied social cognition and embedded theory of mind, Biolinguistics, 6(3–4), 276–307.