Dr Ut Na Sio
Lecturer in Work Psychology
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Sheffield University Management School
I am a Lecturer in Work Psychology. Before joining the Management School in 2019, I was an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the Education University of Hong Kong.
I completed my PhD at Lancaster University, UK and my postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University, US.
My program of research focuses on identifying the cognitive factors that influence individual and group problem solving, particularly for problems requiring creativity and innovation.
I also examine how solutions to these problems can be facilitated through the use of different approaches, e.g., incubation, sleep, and task-switching.
- Research interests
My primary research focuses on examining cognitive processes underlying creative problem solving, and identifying ways to manipulate these processes to facilitate creative thinking at both individual and group levels.
- Silence is golden : the effect of verbalization on group performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(6), 939-944. View this article in WRRO
- The Facilitating Role of Task Alternation on Group Idea Generation. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6(4), 486-495.
- Interrupted: The roles of distributed effort and incubation in preventing fixation and generating problem solutions. Memory & Cognition, 45(4), 553-565.
- Sleep promotes analogical transfer in problem solving. Cognition, 143, 25-30. View this article in WRRO
- Fixation or inspiration? A meta-analytic review of the role of examples on design processes. Design Studies, 39, 70-99.
- Incubation and cueing effects in problem-solving: Set aside the difficult problems but focus on the easy ones. Thinking & Reasoning, 21(1), 113-129.
- Sleep on it, but only if it is difficult: Effects of sleep on problem solving. Memory & Cognition, 41(2), 159-166.
- The Role of an Incubation Period in Creative Problem Solving. Creativity Research Journal, 19(2-3), 307-318.
- Does incubation enhance problem solving? A meta-analytic review.. Psychological Bulletin, 135(1), 94-120.
- Incubation and cueing effects in problem-solving: Set aside the difficult problems but focus on the easy ones, Insight and Creativity in Problem Solving (pp. 113-129). Routledge
Conference proceedings papers
- INTERACTIVE ACTIVATION NETWORKS FOR MODELLING PROBLEM SOLVING. Computational Models of Cognitive Processes
- Research group
I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:
- Creative problem solving
- Group cognition
- Interruptions (e.g., breaks/ task-switching) and problem solving performance