Aida Fernández Cotarelo

About me

Coming from a psychology and contemporary dance background, my work has been primarily oriented to research in cognitive science, and aesthetics, specially in relation to performing arts with an emphasis in the creation and appreciation of contemporary dance.

Academic research

To date, my research activity addressed the role of various aspects in the creative and appreciative experience of art, such as thought, cognitive schemata, pleasure, cognitive value, and expertise. I am member of Language, action and thought, research group from the University of the Basque country (UPV/EHU).

PhD in Psychology (UPV/EHU, 2015-2020)

  • PhD thesis title: "A Cognitive Science Approach to Contemporary Dance Appreciation". In this work, I addressed the art appreciative experience of dance. Methodologically, I combined empirical methods, statistical analysis (correlational and factor analysis) and conceptual analysis, carrying out empirical studies on dance expertise (conceptual knowledge and comprehensibility) as well as the the psychological dimensions behind dance judgements.

Master in Cognitive Science and Humanities (UPV/EHU, 2013-2015)

  • Master thesis title: "An Agent-Centered Approach to Dance Improvisation". My master dissertation explored various aspects of creativity in dance improvisation.

Psychological counseling

I am a psychology graduate (University of Santiago de Compostela, USC) with experience in clinical settings. Nowadays, I offer counseling and coaching on topics related to my area of expertise (creativity coaching, creative block, imposter syndrome, vocational decision-making...).