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Peer Reviewed Publications

Ross, W. (2024) Accidental thinking: A model of serendipity’s cognitive processes, The Review of General Psychology

Glăveanu, V., Karwowski, M., Ross, W., & Beghetto, R., (2024) Possibility Thinking Scale: An initial psychometric exploration, Possibility Studies and Society

Ross, W. & Arfini, S. (2024) Impasse-driven problem solving: The multidimensional nature of feeling stuck. Cognition

Ross, W. (2024) Serendipity: The role of chance and accidents in creativity, Creativity Research Journal

Arfini,S. & Ross, W. (2023)  Feeling stuck. Epistemic and emotional dimensions of impasse and doubt, Sistemi intelligenti, 587-610,

Malafouris, L., Koukouti, M-D., Iliopoulos, A., Creswell, M., Carnegie, R. & Ross, W. (2023) Perspectival kinaesthetic imaging, Multimodality and Society

Ross, W. (2023) The possibilities of disruption, Possibility Studies and Society

Ross, W. & Glăveanu, V. (2023) The constraints of habit, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

Ross, W. & Groves, M. (2023) Let’s just see what happens: A qualitative case study of risk and uncertainty in the creative process. Journal of Creative Behaviour.

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F (2022). Insight with stumpers: Normative solution data for 25 stumpers and a fresh perspective on the accuracy effect. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 46, 101114.

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2022) Accident and agency: A mixed methods study contrasting luck and interactivity. Thinking and Reasoning. 28(4), 487-528

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021) Kinenoetic analysis: Unveiling the material traces of insight. Methods in Psychology, 5.

Ross, W & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021) Rewilding cognition: Complex dynamics in open experimental systems. Journal of Trial and Error 2(1)

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021) Catch that word: interactivity, serendipity and verbal fluency in a word production task. Psychological Research. 85, 842–856

Ross, W. & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021) Microserendipity in the creative process. Journal of Creative Behavior, 55(3), 661-672

Vallée-Tourangeau, F., Ross, W., Rufflato Rech, R., & Vallée-Tourangeau, G. (2021) Insight as discovery, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 33(6-7) 718-737,

Ross, W., Vallée-Tourangeau, F. & 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. & 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 Commentaries and Editorials

Ross, W., Glăveanu, V., & Baumeister, R.F. (2023) A new science of possibilities. Possibility Studies and Society, 1(4)

Copeland, S., Arfini, S. &  Ross, W. (2023) Enacting chance. Possibility Studies and Society, 1(3)

Ross, W. (2023) Embracing difference and cultivating hope: The transformative potential of possibility studies. Possibility Studies and Society, 1(1-2)

Ross, W. (2023) Beyond the big fish: Embracing the fluidity of creativity in embodied, embedded, and enacted processes, Constructivist Foundations.

Conference Proceedings (Refereed, Full Papers)

Ross, W., & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2019) Unknitting the meshwork: Interactivity, serendipity, and individual differences in a word production task. In A. Goel, C. Seifert & C. Freska (Eds.), Proceedings of the Forty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2674- 2680). Cognitive Science Society.


Ross, W., & Vallée-Tourangeau, F. (2021, December 10). Cognitive Reflection Task and Stumpers.

Ross, W. (2021, September 5). Feeling Stumped: Investigating Dimensions of Impasse.

Edited Books

Ross, W. & Copeland, S. (Eds.) (2022) The art of serendipity. Palgrave Macmillan

Copeland, S., Ross, W. & Sand, M. (Eds.) (2023) Serendipity science. Springer

Book Chapters

Ross, W. & Arfini, S. (2023) Serendipity and creative cognition. In L. J. Ball & F. Vallée-Tourangeau, The Routledge handbook of creative cognition. Routledge.

Camargo, A., Ross, W. & Glăveanu, V. (2023) Cross -cultural creativity in organizations. In R. Reiter-Palmon & S. Hunter (Eds) The handbook of organizational creativity. Academic Press

Ross, W. (2023)  Serendipity and creative cognition: Towards a systematic consideration of the serendipitous genesis of a new idea In S. Copeland, M. Sand & W. Ross (Eds.) Serendipity science. Springer.

Ross, W. (2022) Creative ignorance: The discovery of ignorance in S. Arfini & L. Magnani (Eds.) Embodied, extended, ignorant minds: New studies on the nature of not-knowing. Synthese Library

Ross, W. My favourite failure. (2022) In L. Bain & R. Beghetto (Eds) My favourite failure

Ross, W & Copeland, S. (2022) On creativity and serendipity. In W. Ross & S. Copeland (Eds.) The art of serendipity. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ross, W. (2022) Heteroscalar serendipity and the importance of accidents. In W. Ross & S. Copeland (Eds.) The art of serendipity. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ross, W, Glăveanu, V. & Chemero, A.  (forthcoming) The illusion of freedom: Towards an embedded notion of constraints. In C. Tromp, R J. Sternberg & D Ambrose (Eds.) Creativity and constraints. Brill Publishers

Glăveanu, V. & Ross, W. (forthcoming)  Affordance, possibility and the emergent properties of things. In C. Meyer & M.J. Versluys (Eds) Cultural histories of the material world. Bard

Encyclopedia Entries

Ross, W & Webb, M. E. (2023) Surprise. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.) The encyclopaedia of the possible. Palgrave.

Ross, W., Smith, S. and Vistec, J.E. (2023) Collaborative creativity. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.) The encyclopaedia of the possible. Palgrave.

Ross, W. (2023). Serendipity. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.) The encyclopaedia of the possible. Palgrave

Ross, W., Vallée-Tourangeau, F. & Glăveanu, V. (2020) Collaboration. In M. Runco and S. Pritzker (Eds.) The encyclopaedia of creativity. Elsevier.

Copeland S. & Ross W. (forthcoming) Serendipity. In F. Darbellay (Ed.) Encyclopedia of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. Edward Elgar Publishing

Other publications

Ross, W. (2023) Insight and creativity: A case of the wrong answer, BPS Cognitive Section Bulletin

Ross, W. (2020) The Serendipity Mindset by Christian Busch, The Psychologist Magazine

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