Anna’s new publication on Imagination and Semantic Memory

Abraham A & Bubic A (2015). Semantic memory as the root of imagination. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 325:1-4.

Check out Anna’s new Opinion Article in the journal Frontiers in Psychology (Section: Cognitive Science). It is a contribution to the Research Topic “Inner experiences: Theory, measurement, frequency, content, and functions”.

It is freely available to read and download online.

Anna giving talk in Surrey 24th March 2015

Anna is giving a seminar entitled ‘Creative Conceptual Expansion: Behavioural and Brain Function’ to the Psychology group at the University of Surrey. Details here.


When attempting to uncover the brain basis of creativity, the first choice one is faced with is to settle on which empirical approach to adopt. The dominant approach involves assessing creativity as a unitary construct. The alternative approach takes a multidimensional view of creativity and evaluates the mechanisms underlying different mental operations involved in creative thinking. The process of conceptual expansion is among the most widely investigated mental operations within this latter approach. This talk will showcase behavioural (e.g., with reference to personality variables such as schizotypy) as well as brain based evidence (e.g., using fMRI and EEG) related to conceptual expansion. The underlying information processing mechanisms will be explored by contrasting it with findings on related creative cognitive operations.

Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, Leeds 8-10 April

Andrew, Sabrina and Anna will be presenting posters at the Leeds EPS meeting on Wednesday the 8th of April.

  • Andrew: Transfer of learning is a function of the task dynamic
  • Sabrina: Preference for relations in categorisation depends on stimulus size
  • Anna: Creative conceptual expansion: An ERP study comparing high and low creative groups

Programme of Events

Poster Abstracts

Abstract for ECAL2015 submitted

There is a special session at the European Conference on Artificial Life coming up in York on ‘Quantifying Embodiment‘. Andrew and Sabrina have just submitted an abstract to the session, proposing to explain ecological information and why biological organisms use it to an audience mostly used to thinking about information in computational terms but interested in mimicking what life gets up to.

Abstract: Wilson & Golonka – Task Dynamics & the (Ecological) Information They Create