Ramón y Cajal Fellow (Assistant Research Professor)
English Department, University of Murcia

CREATIME  Time in the Creative Mind

EMOCCC  Emotions: Cognition, Creativity, Culture

Formulaic Creativity  Oral poetics and cognitive science

I study creativity and form-meaning patterns in language, communication, and cognition. Some of my favorite topics: cognition and poetics, conceptual integration (the capacity to blend disparate elements into new meanings), embodied cognition (spatial schemas, simulation, mental imagery), the expression of time and emotionsthe cognitive study of oral poetic traditions, and multimodal communication (speech, gesture, prosody, gaze...).

More about my research

Red Hen Lab

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  • Co-speech gesture provides evidence for a flexible mental timeline (submitted)
  • The spatial configuration of vehicles is adapted to time representation in metaphors (submitted)
  • Temporal phrases co-occur with semantically-related gesture by default (submitted)
  • Steen, F., Hougaard, A., Joo, J., Olza, I., Pagán Cánovas, C., Pleshakova, A., Ray, S., Uhrig, P., Valenzuela, J., Woźny, J. & Turner, M. 2018. Toward an infrastructure for data-driven multimodal communication research. Linguistics Vanguard 4:1. 20170041.
  • Turchyn, S., Olza, I., Pagán Cánovas, C., Steen, F., Turner, M., Valenzuela, J. and Ray., S. 2018. Gesture Annotation with a Visual Search Engine for Multimodal Communication Research. IAAI-18, article 72.

Updates & blog

  • I have been awarded the Ramón y Cajal grant from Spain and moved to the University of Murcia Starting February 2, 2018, I am a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the Department of English Philology, University of Murcia. Ramón y Cajal grants, worth over €300,000 and lasting ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2018, 5:03 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Seminar at NIAS Amsterdam: CREATIME. The Spatial Cognition of Time: Creativity, Culture, Communication On Thursday February 1st, at 11:15am, I will be presenting CREATIME, my research project as EURIAS fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies.Here is the information about ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 5:57 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Sarali Gintsburg is my new Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellow Sarali Gintsburg (University of Houston Clear Lake) has just been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world, to work on formulaic ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 2:15 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • Time concepts and their expression: CREATIME workshop at the University of Navarra Time concepts and their expression: creativity, cognition, communication CREATIME workshop at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, May 11-12, 2017 All information about participants, abstracts, program, press release, and ...
    Posted May 28, 2017, 8:09 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • EURIAS fellowship at NIAS  I have been awarded a EURIAS fellowship to work at NIAS Amsterdam from September 2017 to July 2018, on a book and articles connected to the CREATIME project. The Netherlands ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:15 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
  • The spatialization of time: Symposium at ICPS2017, Vienna Title:The Spatialization of Time: Crossing the Boundaries of Modality, Culture, and Literary GenresPresenters:Barbara Tversky, Stanford University, USA (Chair)Javier Valenzuela, Dept. of English Philology, University of Murcia ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:14 AM by Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
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