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  • Bodycloth in Performance Art 

    Raven, Natalie Louise (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Bodycloth is a term coined to describe a third entity which emerges when the boundaries between body and cloth (as separate elements) collapse. This artistic research thesis analyses a variety of inter-relations between ...
  • Eco-engineering of coastal infrastructure: A design for life 

    O'Shaughnessy, Kathryn (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Coastal urbanisation has driven humans to build artificial defences to protect infrastructure from rising sea level, erosion and stormier seas. Artificial structures are proliferating in the coastal and marine environments ...
  • Creative Technologies for Behaviour Change 

    Galvao Gomes da Silva, Joana (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    This thesis presents innovative uses of technology to support motivation, using motivational interviewing (MI) and functional imagery training (FIT) scripts developed specifically for remote delivery. MI scripts aimed to ...
  • Intentions and Creative Insights: a Reinforcement Learning Study of Creative Exploration in Problem-Solving 

    Colin, Thomas R. (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Insight is perhaps the cognitive phenomenon most closely associated with creativity. People engaged in problem-solving sometimes experience a sudden transformation: they see the problem in a radically different manner, ...
  • Imagining and Remembering the Soldier at the Imperial War Museum (1980-1995) 

    Buchanan, Jayne (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    This research addresses the contemporary representation of the soldier in art by focusing on the work commissioned by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) over the period 1980-1995, which includes Linda Kitson (b. 1945), for the ...

    Rhodes, Jonathan (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Grit has been researched across a wide variety of domains with negative correlations to drop out rates and positive associations to performance. However, there has been little to empirically change character through ...
  • Designing Playful Systems 

    Straeubig, Michael (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Play is a common, yet elusive phenomenon. Many definitions of play and explanations for its existence have been brought forward in various disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, ethology and in the humanities. As ...
  • Prison Space, Social Control and Relationships in a Post-Soviet Women’s Prison 

    Jalili Idrissi, Arta (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    This thesis attempts to capture, at the macro, meso and micro levels, the ideological rupture, which has emerged after the breakdown of the Soviet project in Latvia, and in particular its effect on penality and women’s ...
  • Advanced glycation end products as a biomarker for accelerated ocular ageing and glaucoma 

    Smewing, Leanne (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) have a large impact on the healthy ageing population and those diagnosed with pathology. Studies have linked AGEs to glaucomatous optic neuropathy, however there is little consensus ...
  • Trace and history: an investigation of Kurdish banner-making through contemporary art practice. 

    Hakeem, Rostam (University of Plymouth, 2020)
    Abstract Author: Rostam Abdulazeez Hakeem Title: Trace and history: an investigation of Kurdish banner-making through contemporary art practice. This practice-led research project considers the culture of banner-making ...

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