Wednesday, 9 March 2011

New Research into Problem Solving in Institutional Settings

The School of Humanities' Philosophy Program at the University of Hertfordshire has won a €524,646 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) grant to investigate how people think, solve problems, make judgments and decisions in interpersonal, institutional, and cultural contexts.

The Philosophy Program, in conjunction with researchers at universities in the United States and Europe, will work to investigate cognitive processes using a variety of methods that include sophisticated modelling and simulation technologies.

Their research will be conducted at the intersection of philosophy and psychology in the domains of cultural expression and performance. It is one part of a larger project that examines social interaction across a variety of contexts, from infancy through childhood to adult.

The four-year project, beginning on 1 March will lead to the development of new tools for measuring social interaction in institutional settings. The use of simulated models in this project, informed by work on cognitive processes could contribute to the smart design of institutional structures.

“This research is important because it will help us understand what works and what doesn’t work in situations where people are using cultural practices and technologies to communicate and solve problems in formal and informal settings,” said Professor Gallagher. “This research has implications for the design of communicative and work environments that may be applied in science, medicine, engineering, business, education, and various cultural institutions.”

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