Tom Ormerod

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Previous research has shown that performance on problem solving improves over a period of sleep, as compared with wakefulness. However, these studies have not determined whether sleep is beneficial for problem solving or whether sleep merely mitigates against interference due to an interruption to solution attempts. Sleep-dependent improvements have been(More)
What would happen if we wrote an Abstract that was the exact opposite of what the paper described? This is a bad idea, but it makes us think more carefully than usual about properties of Abstracts. This paper describes BadIdeas, a collection of techniques that uses 'bad' or 'silly' ideas to inspire creativity, explore design domains and teach critical(More)
University for providing the funds to purchase the verbatim Crown Court transcripts used in this paper. Abstract Bystander apathy is a long established phenomenon in social psychology which has yet to be translated into practical strategies for increasing bystander intervention. This paper argues that the traditional paradigm is hampered by a focus on the(More)
Interactive activation networks have a long pedigree in the cognitive sciences, and have been widely used to illustrate phenomena of conceptual processing and memory. However, despite numerous proposals regarding their relevance, there are few implementations of interactive activation networks for simulating cognitive processing in problem solving tasks.(More)
We describe the application of ethnography and experimentation to the specification and evaluation of a browser to support collaborative sharing of photographs in family contexts. In an extension of this mixed-method approach, we adopted an ethnographic stance to the post-hoc analysis of couples' interactions recorded during the experimental studies. The(More)