Camilla Groth

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research units & titles

Artistic and research interests

Curently working in Handling Mind research project funded by the Academy of Finland. This multidisciplinary research project provides a bridge between areas of neuroscience, psychology, design and educational research that are concerned with embodied activities, social creativity and the expanded nature of the human mind. The proposed research creates new knowledge of the relationship between the social interaction, emotions, and embodied learning, and consequently, fits to the thematic areas of mind, experiences and, social interaction.

The neurological research related to design thinking is in its infancy, and we have excellent potential to attain ‘world class’ with this groundbreaking research project as it has twofold contributions: both to the area of design and to neuroscience. Through four interlinked study tracks we will examine how participation in creative activities associated with crafts and design affects the participants’ socio-emotional experiences, the nature of the associated embodied knowing, with focus on the interaction between mind, body and materials. Track A addresses personal improvisational creativity in pursuit of novelty and innovation. Track B focuses on artifact-mediated sharing of expertise in craft design. Track C addresses neural correlates regarding relations between reproduction and innovation. Track D focuses on neural indications of the development of craft-design skills.

The results are expected to contribute to teaching practices for children, adults and older people. In addition they are applicable to service design in health and social sectors as well as therapeutic areas. By getting the results widely published, the project aims at developing more sophisticated practices of designing and helping to cross boundaries between environments of formal art and design education and working-life.

Education / Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design), Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Art, Ceramic and glass department, Royal College of Art, Ma

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