Anna to present at Creativity Cluster Workshop on Jun 20 (Keble College, University of Oxford)

Anna will present a talk on The Neuroscience of Creative Cognition at the one-day Creativity Cluster Workshop on “Form-making, thinking, and the creative process” taking place on June 20, 2015 at Keble College (University of Oxford).

It features seven lectures from different disciplines on the material, cognitive/biological, ecological, and social dimensions of the creative process.​ Further details on the event available here.

If you like to know more about what the event was like, email Anna.


Andrew and Sabrina have a new commentary in Frontiers in Psychology

Andrew and Sabrina have just published a critical commentary on an embodied cognition paper in which they highlight some fatal conceptual flaws. Andrew blogged this critique a while back and that post has the history and context of the comment.

Wilson, A. D., & Golonka S (2015). Connecting the conceptual dots in embodied cognition: A comment on Dijkstra et al, “How body balance influences political party evaluations: a Wii balance board. Front. Psychol. 6:853. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00853

PhD funding now available

There are currently 4 Graduate Teaching Assistant posts available in Psychology. These posts fund you through a PhD in exchange for teaching work (mostly running seminars and workshops, marking etc). For details, go to

The Cognition in Action group is offering projects under the ‘Cognition – Biological – Psychology’ (plus a couple in Health) stream in the group. I have attached the pdfs detailing our projects below, these are also available via the Vacancies page.

Please contact us (Andrew, Sabrina, Anna) for more details!! We’d love to hear from you.

Download project details: 

Cognition – Biological – Psychology

Health Psychology

Andrew and Sabrina talking embodied cognition in practice Weds June 3rd, York St John

We will be giving a talk to an audience of psychologists and clinicians about embodied cognition, and chatting about ways to apply the methods we use to more practical settings. We will be talking somewhere in the De Grey Court building of York St John at 12pm.


Embodied cognition is the hypothesis that our behaviour depends on more than just the brain. Our environments offer many opportunities for action (e.g. affordances, c.f. Gibson, 1979) and we can perceive these opportunities via the rich information we are embedded within. In this account, brains become important players in a more extended system, and a full understanding of any behaviour needs to describe the roles played by the world, perception of that world and then the brain.

We will briefly review the details of this new science of cognition and behaviour (as laid out in Wilson & Golonka, 2013) and discuss the profound ramifications of the embodied approach for how we study behaviour. We will then sketch out some ways that this new approach might inform practise, as a way to begin a discussion with the audience about how to take these connections forwards.

Anna’s Gender & Creativity paper – Accepted for publication

Anna’s new paper titled Gender & Creativity: An Overview of Behavioral & Brain Function has been accepted for publication in Brain Imaging & Behavior.

For further information, email Anna (


The topic of gender differences in creativity generates substantial scientific and public interest, but also courts considerable controversy. Owing to the heterogeneous nature of the findings associated with this line of research, the general picture often appears puzzling or obscure. The present article presents a selective overview of psychological and neuroscientific literature that has a relevant bearing on the theme of gender and creativity. Topics that are explored include the definition and methods of assessing creativity, a summary of behavioral investigations on gender in relation to creativity, postulations that have been forwarded to understand gender differences in creative achievement, gender-based differences in the structure and function of the brain, gender-related differences in behavioral performance on tasks of normative cognition, and neuroscientific studies of gender and creativity. The final section of the overview presents a detailed discussion of the idea that differences between men and women in creative cognition are best explained with reference to the gender-dependent adopted strategies or cognitive style when faced with generative tasks.