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Wendy Ross

Research project: The role of serendipity in creative problem solving


Serendipity emerges from the interaction of the person and the environment. My research aims to use detailed video analysis to isolate moments of microserendipity to disentangle the environmental cues. 


After completing my undergraduate degree at St Hugh's College, Oxford in languages and literature, I joined Teach First in 2004. In 2016, I started the MSc in Psychology at Kingston which I completed in 2018 with distinction winning both the Post Graduate Poster Prize and the Cohort Prize. After a year volunteering as a Research Assistant with the Developmental Psychology research group and the Systemic Cognition Lab, I started my PhD in October 2018.

Areas of research interest

  • Serendipity
  • Creativity
  • Interactivity
  • Cognitive Philosophy


  • BA (Hons) English and Modern Languages, St Hugh's College, Oxford
  • MSc Psychology, Kingston University


Ross, W., Vallée-Tourangeau, F. & Van Herwegen, J. (2019) Mental arithmetic and interactivity : the effect of manipulating external number representations on older children's mental arithmetic success. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F.  (2018). For a good poet's made, as well as born: The relational ontology of shakespeare's genius. Creativity. Theories–Research-Applications, 5, 26-40.

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