David Bridges

Research Interest

I am interested in the neurobiological basis for creativity. I aim to test the hypothesis that our biological tendencies or temperament may shape how we perceive and interact with the world, which thus supports and predicts a creative personality.


After I achieved my Psychology BSc and Psychological Research Methods MSc, I pursued a research career in cognitive neuroscience and developed skills in the event related potential (ERP) technique at Plymouth University under Dr Giorgio Ganis and Dr Haline Schendan. Today, I am following my research interests as a university funded PhD student under the prestigious CogNovo program, a multi-national doctoral training network with emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

Research Experience

Employed from Feb 2012 - Feb 2014 as a research technician providing technical support to Plymouth University School of Psychology Neuroimaging lab

Experienced and proficient in using electroencephalography methods for cognitive neuroscience experimentation. This includes strong knowledge of data collection, artifact rejection, data restructuring, analysis and presentation. These skills enhanced following attendance at EEG Boot Camp at Plymouth University, hosted by Dr Haline Schendan.

Full working knowledge of the 128-channel Biosemi ActiveTwo EEG systems. My skills allow the correct set up of equipment, the collection of good clean data, and assurance that equipment is cleaned and maintained properly.

Experienced and knowledgeable in monitoring EEGs online for artifacts (eye movement, drift, spikes, muscle tension, faulty electrodes)

Ensured smooth running of laboratory based data collection by recruiting over 250 participants using an online booking system. All participants were screened in advance via telephone using specific criteria to ensure suitability for participation in studies, and to provide study preparation advice.

Skills package

Skilled in using BioSemi ActiveTwo EEG System and BrainVision Acticap EEG system and EEG-relevant computer programs such as NBS Presentation, E-Prime, MATLAB, BioSemi applications, Vision Recorder and Vision Analyzer for cognitive neuroscience experimentation.

Intermediate ability in MATLAB and Python scripting: create stimuli for experimentation and automate data processing of multiple EEG data sets for analysis.

Skilled in use of statistics software packages, namely R, SPSS, Statistica, and Stata.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 and ImageMagick for stimuli processing and manipulation.

Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

Workshops / Talks / Projects


2012 - 2013
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods; Plymouth University (pass with distinction)
  • Dissertation Project - Top Down Attentional Control Modulates Congruity Effects Prior to Object Identification: An ERP Study using Unmodified Scene and Object Stimuli.
  • Modules included: ANOVA and related methods, regression, structural equation modelling, qualitative methodology, experimental research methods, communication in research.
2007 – 2011
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology; Plymouth University (1st Class pass with Honours and placed on the Dean's List in recognition of excellent performance in stage 4 academic year 2010-11)
  • Dissertation Project - Lexical representation of syllable structures and segmentation rules: A behavioural and electrophysiological study
  • Modules included: Research methods, psychobiology and cognition, biological and cognitive psychology