The neurophilosophy major provides the opportunity to study the conceptual, physical, behavioral, and moral aspects of cognition and the mind-brain. The collaborative study of the mind involving neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy has been and continues to be an extremely active and productive area of research, appealing to those who wish both to apply empirical brain research to enduring questions of human nature and apply logical and conceptual analysis to neuroscience and its potential policy, medical, and legal applications. Broad areas of study in this field include the nature of the mind, the nature of brain activity, the mind-brain relationship, artificial intelligence, neuroethics, neurolaw, and models of psychopathology.

  • Patrick Hopkins

    Patrick Hopkins

    Professor of Philosophy; Director of the Neurophilosophy Major

    601.974.1293 | Email


    BA, University of Mississippi; MA, PhD, Washington University

    "I'm a philosopher and what's called a moral psychologist (that's not a good psychologist, haha, but someone who studies moral cognition). I teach courses in medical ethics, business ethics, philosophy of mind, psychopathology, and the psychology and neuroscience of morality. I'm also a professor at the medical school nearby where I work with their Bioethics Center and the Psychiatry Department, and I take students over there for projects all the time. You want to work on a research project about medicine, neurotechnologies, psychopaths? Hit me up. I also love science fiction, gaming, and crossfit/weightlifting, so if I'm not killing darkspawn in Thedas, I'm doing drop-set bicep curls in the campus gym."

  • Melissa Lea

    Melissa A. Lea

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director of the Neurophilosophy Major

    601.974.1755 | Email


    BS, University of Michigan; MA, PhD, Miami University

    Dr. Melissa Lea is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies program at Millsaps College. She earned her B.S. in cognitive science from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1999 and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology/science from Miami University in 2005. Her areas of expertise are in face perception and categorization. While at Millsaps Lea has branched out and has been studying food perception and food behaviors that lead to eating disorders, as well as how social roles influence team cohesion in athletics.