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Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Posted Thursday 22 December 2016

Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research from Kingston University psychology experts reveals

Have you ever tried to solve a complicated maths problem by using your hands, or shaped a piece of clay without planning it out in your head first? Understanding how we think and make decisions by interacting with the world around us could help businesses find new ways of improving productivity – and even improve people's chances of getting a job, according to experts from Kingston University.

New research by Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau, Professor of Psychology, is challenging the traditional idea that thinking takes place strictly in the head. Instead, they are seeking to demonstrate how our decision making is heavily influenced by the world around us – and that using tools or objects when problem solving can spark new ways of finding solutions....


Kingston University art and science students blend cutting-edge technology with creative techniques to delve into the secrets of the Thames Tunnel

Posted Friday 16 December 2016

Kingston University art and science students blend cutting-edge technology with creative techniques to delve into the secrets of the Thames Tunnel

London's iconic Thames Tunnel - the first tunnel ever built under a river - has become the setting for a project that saw Kingston University art, geography and geology students join forces to bridge the worlds of science and art.

Using 3D modelling techniques, pin-hole photography and sound recording, students from different disciplines were given the opportunity to explore ideas, experiment and learn from each other's techniques and perspectives to find new ways to read the landscape of the tunnel entrance and develop innovative ways of collecting data....


Kingston University music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

Posted Monday 12 December 2016

Kingston University music researcher Caroline Potter's study of French composer Erik Satie's life named Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year

A Kingston University music expert has scooped the Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year award for a study that delves into the world and works of influential Parisian composer Erik Satie.

Reader in music Dr Caroline Potter's book, Erik Satie, a Parisian Composer and his World, was named the best classical music book of 2016 in the prestigious annual Sunday Times list – prompting a rush to print more copies in order to meet demand from book sellers....


Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Posted Thursday 8 December 2016

Kingston University psychology student presents at international conferences after being first undergraduate to win prestigious scholarship

Kingston University psychology student Rose Martin has become the first undergraduate to be awarded the highly-regarded Jane Beattie Memorial Travel Scholarship.

Jointly sponsored by the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) and the European Association for Decision Making, the $750 (£590) scholarship enabled Rose to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to present her current research at two international conferences hosted by SJDM and the Psychonomic Society to audiences of more than 3,000 researchers in her field....


Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

Posted Tuesday 29 November 2016

Leading diplomats and academics from around Europe share their views on the challenges to come at Kingston University Brexit event

The continent-wide implications of Brexit were laid bare at a Kingston University event that brought together a range of leading figures at the heart of the debate. Among those speaking at the Brexit Futures panel discussion were Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission's Head of Representation in the United Kingdom, and Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The round-table event – organised by the University's Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – also featured contributions from Irish Times journalist Denis Staunton and Anita Prazmowska, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics....


Bicycle made from discarded golf clubs highlights 21st Century swing to cycling as leisure activity for middle-aged men

Posted Thursday 24 November 2016

Bicycle made from discarded golf clubs highlights 21st Century swing to cycling as leisure activity for middle-aged men

A lightweight bicycle constructed from abandoned golf clubs bought for just 99p from eBay has been created by a Kingston University graphic design student. Calum Ray designed the unusual mode of transport to highlight how middle-aged men are swapping the fairway for the cycle lane as the sport's popularity soars.

Calum's creative wheels were put in motion when he returned to his parents' house in the Hertfordshire countryside following a year living in London as a student. "I was really struck by the increase in cyclists on the road. At the same time I noticed a lot of golf clubs were closing and I wondered if there was a correlation. I visited a few clubs and they confirmed their numbers had declined over the past few years," he said. The statistical data was backed by online research which spurred on Calum's interest. "I came up with the idea of producing a representation of the way social sport has evolved for the 21st Century's middle-aged men," he said....


Kingston University secures €1.6million grant for global research project into migration, sex work and trafficking

Posted Wednesday 23 November 2016

Kingston University secures €1.6million grant for global research project into migration, sex work and trafficking

A major global research project that will investigate the complex relationship between migration, sex work and trafficking across three continents is being launched by Kingston University, using a blend of documentary and fictional film.

Led by Professor Nick Mai, Chair in Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University, the SEXHUM (Sexual Humanitarianism: Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking) project will include fieldwork in major cities across Australia, France, New Zealand the United States and will study the relationship between the movement of people and the sex industry by drawing on sex workers' own understandings and experience of exploitation and trafficking....


Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

Posted Monday 21 November 2016

Integrity Research Group at Kingston Law School set to make sure punishment fits the crime in fight against corruption

What is the definition of corruption? How does this definition vary from country to country? How do we create and enforce laws on a concept that is often veiled in secrecy?

Corruption is often seen as one of the most devastating forms of criminality. Much broader than mere bribery, it covers any abuse of power that satisfies personal interests in either the public or private sector. In direct contrast to the barriers that often surround this topic, Kingston University Law School's recently established Integrity Research Group aims to raise the veil and bring the discussion out in to the open....


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