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Mihaela Taranu

Have gladly joined PlayTrack in 2018 to work with Marc Andersen on developing a methodology to investigate play, fun and predictions in a naturalistic set-up using mobile eye-tracking.

Subsequently I worked with Richard Dewhurst on a study looking at how learning, creativity and affordances of objects are manifesting in children's play. 

From Dec 2020-June 2021 I have collaborated with Garrett Jaeger from Lego Foundation on a research project looking at the role of iterative processes in children's creative thinking. 

My work on perception mechanisms lies at the basis of my interest in creativity and curiosity, since I view them as being all connected in our information processing brains.


Email mihaela.taranu@cas.au.dk

Previously, I held a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Plymouth (UK), in a large European Union project about cognitive innovation and creativity (www.CogNovo.eu). Part of my PhD I had two research internships at  Edinburgh University (Uk) and Hungarian Academy of Science (Hungary).

In my PhD thesis I investigated whether visual and auditory perception share domain general/specific mechanisms and how individual differences in executive functions and creativity relate to perceptual mechanisms. To address these questions, I used a variety of methods from developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. 

After my PhD, I had a research position at the University of Cambridge in a project about the role of angular gyrus in autobiographical memories.

I am experienced with psychophysics methods, developmental research and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Find more about my previous work here:

Publications relating to play

> Straeubig, M., Hsu, C.-W., Oztop, P., & Taranu, M. (2016). (How) Does Play Matter? A Transdisciplinary Approach to Play and its Re- lation to Neurobiology, Creativity and Deception. In M. Punt, S. Denham, & E. Doove (Eds.) (pp. 215–231). Off the Lip Conference - Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation, Plymouth.