The Centre for Mind and Creativity Research (CEDAR) considers cognition in a dynamic system, leveraging AI and Robotics, Psychology, Arts and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, across lifespan.
Cognition across lifespan
Investigation of environmental factors on cognition: examples include incubation (“let it rest”), noise, task switching, making decisions, and other cognitive processes across lifespan.
Dr Lindsey Carruthers, Dr Rory MacLean, Dr Barbara Piotrowska, Dr Elli Drake, Dr Marina Wimmer, Dr Jennifer Murray, Dr Andrew Gallacher, Dr Nina Fisher, Dr Judith Okely, Dr Ian Cunningham, Dr Colin McGill, Dr Josephine Ross (Dundee University)
Memories and stress and environment
A key gap this theme addresses is understanding the effect of familiarity and stressful events on cognition in changing environments
Dr Faye Skelton, Dr Marina Wimmer, Dr Alex McIntyre, Dr Rory MacLean, Dr Ethan Shapiro, Dr Adam Mahoney, Dr Jennifer Murray
Senses and environment
How multisensory perception changes with age, and greater understanding of changes applied to optimising sensory world around us.
Dr Duncan Carmichael, Dr Marina Wimmer, Prof Pat Langdon, Dr Shufan Yang, Dr Nikos Gekas, Prof Achille Fonzone, Dr Chris Gillespie
Machines and their operating environments
Developing new methods of flexible algorithm generation approaching human problem solving. New software systems capable of adapting (tuning existing programs) and innovating (generating completely novel programs). Building software that helps people to work together flexibly and creatively while supporting their values.
Prof Emma Hart, Prof Hongnian Yu, Prof Pat Langdon, Dr Nicolas Pugeault (Glasgow University), Dr Sinan Kalkan (Middle East Technical University), Dr Md Zia Ullah, Dr Yanchao Yu, Prof Ashkan Sami, Prof Berk Canberk, Prof Achille Fonzone
Buildings and environment
Designing flexible buildings and designing cities to accommodate environmental changes in the environment and user requirements, assess impact of design choice by building models: pre- and post-construction. Biodiversity conservation and people’s perceptions, urban and building design and biodiversity.
Dr Suha Jaradat, Prof Mark Deakin, Natalie Regius, Dr Emilio Pagani-Nunez, Dr Inji Kenawy
Climate change and sustainable environment
The work this research theme provides a novel climate, ecology, and energy perspective on creativity and cognitive flexibility in developing and developed environments
Dr Firdaus Muhammad Sukki, Prof Karen Diele, Dr Emilio Pagani-Nunez, Natalie Regius
Environment design and arts
How can we design spaces (physically, digitally) to enhance cognitive flexibility and creativity across lifespan (e.g., digital literacy in old age) and inclusive design.
Dr Peter Buwert, Prof Pat Langdon, Dr Judith Okely, Dr Michael Wamposzyc, Dr Jamie Chambers (Edinburgh University), Dr Robert Munro (Queen Margaret University)