Cognitive neuroscience, Cognitive science, Philosophy, Psychology

Course date

3 July - 7 July, 2017
10 March, 2017
The application deadline has expired. Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Course Director(s): 

Guenther Knoblich

Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Penny Lewis

CUBRIC, University of Cardiff, UK
Course Faculty: 

Sarah Beck

Department of Psychology, University of Birmingham

Atay Citron

Theatre Department, University of Haifa, Israel

John Gruzelier

Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Anna Jordanous

School of Computing, Unievrsity of Kent, UK

Douglas Kell

Department of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, UK

Maria Kronfeldner

Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Lior Noy

Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Michael Öllinger

Parmenides Foundation, Munich, Germany

Alison Pease

School of Computing, University of Dundee, UK

Natalie Sebanz

Cognitive Science Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Robert Stickgold

Center for Sleep and Cognition, Harvard University, Boston, USA

Rolf Verleger

Cognitive Electrophysiology, University of Lübeck, Germany

Rick Welch

University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

Brigitta Zics

Ravensbourne, London, UK

This interdisciplinary course will address the human ability to find creative solutions to new problems, a capacity that has allowed us to overcome obstacles in problem solving that are insurmountable to other species. Creative problem solving is therefore viewed as a crucial cognitive component in enabling the rapid progression of human culture. The course will comprise lectures and discussions in the mornings. The afternoons will be filled with activities exercising creative thinking that include joint work on a sketch for a research proposal, artist workshops, and opportunities for students to present their own research.

Lectures and discussions will address 1) evolutionary and cognitive theories of scientific discovery, 2) psychological accounts of cognitive insight, 3) research on sleep and memory consolidation in creative problem solving, 4) the role of brain networks and social networks for creative problem solving, and 5) research on joint improvisation and other forms of social interactions that involve exploration of joint action spaces.

Activities will include a ‘sandpit workshop’ where small groups of students and faculty jointly develop sketches of research proposals addressing scientific problems that require creative solutions and present them to the whole group. Workshops guided by artists that are experienced in working with scientists will provide a practical introduction to improvisation theatre and visual arts. Finally, there will be opportunities for the participants to discuss their own research with faculty and fellow students (poster session and individual meetings).