Dr Wendy Ross

Wendy is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Londo Met.

Dr Wendy Ross

Wendy’s main topic of research is the role of material serendipity in higher cognitive processes such as insight problem solving and creativity. She draws on a range of methods from eye-tracking and experimental psychology to focused cognitive ethnography. She is currently co-editing two collections on serendipity: The Art of Serendipity (Palgrave) and Serendipity Science (Springer). She is Co-Chair of the Serendipity Society and Vice President of the Possibility Studies Network. In 2021 she was awarded the Frank X Barron prize by Division 10 of the APA.

Journal Articles

  • Ross, W * and Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (in press) Rewilding cognition: Complex dynamics in open experimental systems. Journal of Trial and Error
  • Ross, W*., and Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021) Catch that word: interactivity, serendipity and verbal fluency in a word production task. Psychological Research. 85, 842–856
  • Ross, W*., and Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2020) Microserendipity in the creative process. Journal of Creative Behavior.
  • Vallée-Tourangeau, F*., Ross, W*., Rufflato Rech, R., amd Vallée-Tourangeau, G. (2020) Insight as discovery, Journal of Cognitive Psychology.
  • Ross, W., Vallée-Tourangeau, F. and Van Herwegen, J. (2020) 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, 18, 985–1000
  • Ross, W*., and 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.

Invited Book Chapters

  • Ross, W.*, Vallée-Tourangeau, F. and Glăveanu, V. (2020) Collaboration. In M. Runco and S. Pritzker (Eds.) The encyclopaedia of creativity. Elsevier.
  • Ross, W.*, Smith, S. and Vistec, J.E. (2020) Collaborative creativity. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.) The encyclopaedia of the possible. Palgrave.
  • Ross, W.* (2020). Serendipity. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.) The encyclopaedia of the possible. Palgrave.

Keynote Addresses and Invited Talks

  • 2021 Breaking the line: Serendipity and linear, boundaried models of creativity, Creativity Week – Transformed. Material agency and the possible (online presentation), The First International Conference of Possibility Studies Serendipity and materiality in design (online presentation), University of the Arts, London
  • 2020 Panel Discussion: Through the Looking Glass (online presentation), Webster University Geneva. Material traces: Novel methods to study systemic thinking (online presentation), Webster University, Geneva New directions in creativity research (online presentation) University of Arizona. Accident and sagacity (online presentation). Schoenberg Society Seminar at Pärnu Days of Contemporary Music
  • 2019 The consequences of serendipity for real world creativity and innovation. Webster University, Geneva. Serendipity and problem solving. University of Buckingham

External Webinars and Workshops

  • 2021 Serendipity lost? Strategies for promoting serendipity during remote working. Chadwicks Financial Services
  • 2020 Seeking serendipity: Strategies to promote serendipity in the workplace. Norfolk Chamber of Commerce (webinar). Developing creativity in the classroom, Developing Minds Research Group, Kingston University

Media Appearances

  • 07/04/2021: What does serendipity have to do with innovation? Brain for Business Podcast
  • 14/11/2019: Interview on Connecting with Coincidence with Bernie Beitman, X-Zone Broadcast Network
Dr Wendy Ross,
Senior Lecturer in Psychology,