I am a Principal Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology. While originally a developmental psychologist focussing on the role of adult-child conversation in children’s cognitive development, I now have wider, more transdisciplinary interests in the areas of psychology and art, language and communication, and psychology, religion and spirituality. I am currently integrating these interests via studying the phenomenology of dreams and dream interpretation.
Research and knowledge exchange
My current research focuses on wordplay in dreams and dream interpretation, and on the art of Paul Klee. Alongside writing, I have also been experimenting with animation as medium for exploring and communicating in these areas.
Teaching and subject expertise
I currently teach modules in Psychology in Critical Perspective, Dreams and Dream Interpretation, and Creativity and Cognition.
Pike, C. (2017). Dreaming Shakespeare: Multilayered wordplay in dream formation and interpretation. Interdisciplinary Research Foundation (IRF) International Conference 'Dreams and Dreaming: Theoretical Conceptualisations and Artistic Representations', London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, 8 July 2017.
Pike, C. (2016). An Encrypted Garden: multilayered, multilingual wordplay in dream formation. 33rd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Rolduc Conference Centre, Kerkrade, Netherlands, 24-28 June 2016
Pike, C. (2014). Intention and presence in the practice of IRECA: mindfulness as a means, not an end? British Psychological Society Transpersonal Section 18th Annual Conference, University of Northampton, 10-12 October 2014.
Pike, C. (2012). Energy and Intention in Traditional and Contemporary Psychology. British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology Holistic Psychology Faculty Annual Conference, Brighton, 18-19 May 2012.
Pike, C. & Hald, L. (2011). Neuropsychological effects of other-oriented mindfulness: experimental investigation of the IRECA technique. British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology Holistic Psychology Faculty Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 12-13 May 2011.
Pike, C. (2006) What counts as a display of learning?: the microgenesis of misunderstandings in adult-child learning conversations. International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA), University of Helsinki, Finland, 10–14 May, 2006.
Pike, C. (2006) The dynamics of scaffolding in adult-child learning conversations. Analysing Interactions in Childhood, University of Sheffield, 2-3 February, 2006.
Pike, C. (2016). Encrypted Garden (Animated film). Dream Art Exhibition, 33rd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), Rolduc Conference Centre, Kerkrade, Netherlands, 24-28 June 2016. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61_CJCnPG0I
Membership of Professional Organisations:
British Psychological Society
Publications and research outputs
Pike, C. (2016). An Encrypted Garden: Wordplay in Dream Formation. International Journal of Dream Research, 9(S1), 22.
Pike, C., Vernon, D. & Hald, L. (2014). Asymmetric activation of the anterior cerebral cortex in recipients of IRECA: preliminary evidence for the energetic effects of an intention-based biofield treatment modality on human neurophysiology. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(10): 780-786.
Pike, C. (2014). Signing Off: Paul Klee’s Insula dulcamara. Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 30:2, 117-130, DOI: 10.1080/02666286.2013.871907
Pike, C. (2010). Intersubjectivity and misunderstanding in adult-child learning conversations. In H. Gardner and M. Forrester (eds), Analysing Interactions in Childhood. London; Wiley. 163-181.
Pike, C. (2016). Encrypted Garden. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61_CJCnPG0I
Pike, C. (2015). Solution EE. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEYWc7HFnuc