Centre for Research in Expertise Acquisition, Training and Excellence

Achieving high levels of performance expertise is a complex process involving a range of factors: practice is one piece of the puzzle, naturally, but individual differences such as aptitudes, interests, motivation and creativity are also involved. In the CREATE Research hub, our particular focus is upon factors for excellence in cognitively challenging pursuits, creative problem-solving and artistic performance.

CREATE is a thriving centre of research activity within the Psychology Department at the University of Buckingham. We welcome expressions of interest from potential collaborators and postgraduate students (MSc and PhD/DPhil) across a wide range of relevant topic areas. These include:

  • Insight and creativity
  • Drivers of performance excellence and expertise development (e.g. in music, theatre, puzzle-solving, board-games, memory challenges and medicine)
  • Hobbies, motivations and characteristics of niche populations
  • Music psychology
  • Time perception and those with ‘natural’ time-keeping abilities

Although we are happy to consider relevant applications in any of the areas listed above, we are particularly looking to supervise students in a number of key topics. To see what specific opportunities are available right now, visit FindAPhd and search for the University of Buckingham, or get in touch with us directly. Check out the blog, too: all our current opportunities are advertised there.

Our hub members are engaged in active research in all the above areas, with a focus on innovative and interdisciplinary research. In support of these aims, we collaborate with a number of external contacts in the performance fields (such as music conservatoires and creativity/performance researchers), together with internal colleagues in the Applied Computing and University of Buckingham Medical School departments. We are also involved in co-editing a Frontiers in Psychology Research Topic: Novel Approaches for Studying Creativity in Problem-Solving and Artistic Performance. Abstracts are due by October 2017 with final submissions to be submitted by March 2018. Do get in touch if you want to find out more.

You can keep up to date with our activities by following us on Twitter ‎@createpsy. We are also founder members of the UK Creativity Researchers group. Contact us by email, or check us out on our University pages: