A portrait of Emily Troscianko, a visiting scholar to the English Department.

Dr Troscianko is a visiting scholar with the Literature and Mind research center and the Trauma-Informed Pedagogy project. She is a coach, writer, and researcher with particular interests in eating disorders, consciousness, and the psychological effects of reading narrative.

The majority of Emily’s research hovers somewhere between cognitive literary studies and the health humanities, drawing theoretical links between the cognitive and health sciences and literary analysis, as well as empirically testing hypotheses about text/mind interactions. Her doctorate and her first monograph, Kafka’s Cognitive Realism (2014), asked how “cognitively realistic” Kafka’s narratives are, and she later applied the concept of cognitive realism to other texts as a way to put scientific findings into direct dialogue with textual analysis. More recently, she has begun to explore how both individual and group reading can enter into feedback relationships with physical and psychological states in ways that are either health-enhancing or the opposite. She is also coauthor of the world’s leading textbook on consciousness (Consciousness: An Introduction, with Susan Blackmore).

In her work beyond academia, Emily is a recovery coach working with individuals with eating disorders as well as a work/life coach for students, researchers, and faculty. She created a writing program at the University of Oxford and now runs courses on academic writing, habit change, failure, and other aspects of what it means to work and live well.

For a complete list of Emily’s publications, see https://troscianko.com/publications/

Her blog on eating disorders for Psychology Today is at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hunger-artist

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A portrait of Emily Troscianko, a visiting scholar to the English Department.