Plymouth University Funded PhD studentships

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.

#15 Predicting creativity from spatial ability

Predicting creativity from spatial ability & personality 

Investigate individual differences in real world creativity  (more)

#16 Eureka!

Unconscious creativity: The Eureka moment

Investigate the ‘Eureka’ moment, using experimental observations of unconscious problem solving in architectual design (more)

#17 BrainNote

Neural Concept Sampler

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)

#18 Imagining Alternatives

Imagining Alternatives and Creative Thinking

Investigate the link between counterfactual thinking, i.e., the imagination of alternatives to reality, and creative thinking (more).

#19 Moral Cognition and Creative Thinking


Investigate the role of creative thinking and cognitive style on moral decision making, using behavioural, developmental, and psychopharmacological paradigms (more).

#20 Creativity and learning

The role of creativity in human associative learning

Explore the connections between cognitive mechanisms of learning and creative thought (more)


Creating a voice for engagement and trust

Explore prosodic markers for sociability, engagement and trust in human and robot speech (more)

#22 Experimental Hypnosis in Creative Practice

Hypnosis in creative practice

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)

#23 God and Adam Sistine Chapel

Collaboration and Influence

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)

#24 Ideas Exchange

Ideas exchange

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)

#25 Dancing Robot

Intuitive interface for robotics remote control

Develop a new approach for intuitive and flexible robot control by considering relationships established between the human body controller and its movements, and the body of the controlled robot (more)