CogNovo offers a choice of 12 focused research projects, based at and funded by Plymouth University. Students will be supervised by a multidisciplinary team of experts and will benefit from the CogNovo programme of intensive workshops. University studentships are open to all and include full Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend.
Investigate individual differences in real world creativity (more)
Investigate the ‘Eureka’ moment, using experimental observations of unconscious problem solving in architectual design (more)
Build a neural system that learns a conceptual hierarchy of (sound-)objects, autonomously searches the underlying conceptual space, and presents the retrieved associative concept-sequence audio-visually (more)
Investigate the link between counterfactual thinking, i.e., the imagination of alternatives to reality, and creative thinking (more).
Investigate the role of creative thinking and cognitive style on moral decision making, using behavioural, developmental, and psychopharmacological paradigms (more).
Explore the connections between cognitive mechanisms of learning and creative thought (more)
Explore prosodic markers for sociability, engagement and trust in human and robot speech (more)
Investigate how improvisational creativity plays into the complex of constraints introduced by social network complexity and cognitive abilities in birdsong communication systems (more)
Investigate the application and development of key hypnotic phenomena through experimental hypnosis with reference to their use in experimental, contemporary and media arts practice (more)
Investigate the emergence and development of collaborative behaviour, and identify key ingredients for promoting successful interdisciplinary research collaboration to produce a framework for future training initiatives at the interface between the sciences, humanities and the arts (more)
Investigate ways to promote the exchange of ideas between scientists, artists and other stakeholders without loss of depth, subtlety or nuance to facilitate the identification and prioritisation of new research topics and concerns (more)