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About me

Soon to join the philosophy department and the Logos research group at the University of Barcelona, I am currently working on the current status of the language of thought hypothesis. In more general terms, I am interested in the philosophies of mind and psychology, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics (both processing and acquisition), and the history of cognitive science. Other than that, I remain on the alert in case the Order of the Finnegans calls upon me to finally join them.

Research Interests

The role of recursion in cognitive science
Recursion developed in the formal sciences in reference to combinatory operations, mechanisms and the like. However, there seems to be a strong tendency in cognitive science to confuse hierarchically-structured representations with recursion. Even though hierarchical data structures call for recursive mechanisms, the latter are not automatic because of the former. Recursion always involves hierarchy, but not all hierarchy involves recursion —iteration may well be the right candidate for some structures/tasks. Since all computational tasks that can be solved recursively can also be solved iteratively (a fact stemming from the Church-Turing Thesis), extra care needs to be employed when arguing for one or the other. The focus of our research is to work out how close the correspondence between recursive representations and recursive operations is.
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
The philosophy of cognitive science takes human thinking as an object of enquiry and seeks to address issues about its nature. Examples include: What is psychological explanation? How does psychology relate to other sciences –such as neurobiology and evolutionary biology? It also attemps to clarify its core notions, such as mental representation, function, innateness, etc.


  • Lobina, D. J., Demestre, J., & García-Albea, J. E. (2017, Jul). Disentangling perceptual and psycholinguistic factors in syntactic processing: Tone monitoring via ERPs. Behavior Research Methods. Advance online publication. 10.3758/s13428-017-0932-4
  • Lobina, D. J. (2014). Probing recursion. Cognitive processing, 15, 435-450. 10.1007/s10339-014-0619-z
  • Lobina, D. J. (2014). What linguists are talking about when talking about... Language Sciences, 45, 56-70.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2014). When linguists talk mathematical logic. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2013). Review of The Origins of Grammar, by James R. Hurford. Disputatio, Vol. V, No. 37, pp. 375-81.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2012). All tied in knots. Biolinguistics.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2012). Conceptual Structure and the Emergence of the Language Faculty. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp. 519-539.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2012). La recursividad en la competencia y en la actuación. Lingüística XL, Sociedad Española de Lingüística.
  • Lobina, D. J., & Brenchley, M. (2012). Knots, Language, and Computation: More Bermuda than Love. Biolinguistics.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2011). A running back; and forth. Biolinguistics.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2011). Recursion and the competence/performance distinction in AGL tasks. Language and Cognitive Processes.
  • Lobina, D. J. (2010). Recursion and Linguistics: an addendum to Marcus Tomalin’s Reconsidering Recursion in Syntactic Theory. Interlingüística XX.
  • Lobina, D. J., & García-Albea, J. E. (2009). Recursion and cognitive science: data structures and mechanisms. In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1347-1352). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.