Hungary, Budapest

Creative Cognition: Evolutions, Processes, Applications

when 3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

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).

Course leader

Penny Lewis, CUBRIC, University of Cardiff, UK
Guenther Knoblich, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

Applications are invited from researchers and advanced Ph.D. students.

Post graduate qualifications (e.g. a masters or PhD) in one of the following disciplines is required: Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology. Applications from exceptional students enrolled in masters programs or professionals will also be considered. Applications should provide evidence that the applicant will be able to follow a PhD level course.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

1 ECTS
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2017
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017

Scholarships

Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver


To read more: http://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/sites/default/files/course_files/application_files/Fin%20info%20-%201%20wee