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Michael Posner – Developing a Brain: A Life in Psychology.

EPS Member Michael Posner has written a memoir, Developing a Brain: A Life in Psychology, that includes many interactions with UK psychology including the EPS and QJEP, as well as his time at Cambridge University with the then Applied Psychology Unit.

The memoir is now available on Amazon kindle for $2.99, which you can find by going to the kindle store and typing in ‘Michael I Posner’. If you don’t use a kindle you can get a free app to read on any computer.

A print version will also be available in the future.

Early Career Researcher News

President’s Commendation for Student Posters – EPS Online – January 2022

We are pleased to announce the winner of the President’s Poster Commendation Prize for the EPS Online (January 2022) meeting is Rebecca Crowley (Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by Jakke Tamminen)!

Rebecca’s Research Study Poster is entitled ‘Forgetting of newly learned words: Fragmented or holistic depending on retrieval practice’.

Congratulations Rebecca!

Forthcoming Workshop

EPS / BSA Undergraduate Project Prize Winner for 2022.

Congratulations to Caitlin Naylor from the University of Bath (and Caitlin’s supervisor, Dr Michael Proulx) who has been selected as the winner of the EPS / BSA prize for best undergraduate research project in experimental psychology!

There were many outstanding submissions brought to the attention of BSA and EPS, congratulations to all nominated projects. More details of Caitlin’s presentation to the EPS will be provided in the near future.

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EPS Award Nominations for approval at the Annual General Meeting in January 2022.

Following the autumn EPS committee meeting, we are delighted to announce the Committee’s award nominations for approval at the Annual General Meeting in January 2022.

The Committee seeks approval for the following nominations:

Election of Fifty-First Bartlett Lecturer
Professor Robert Logie (University of Edinburgh)

Election of Twenty-First EPS Mid-Career Award Lecturer
Professor Gareth Gaskell (University of York)

Election of Thirtieth EPS Prize Lecture
Dr Clare Sutherland (University of Aberdeen)

Election of Joint Eleventh Frith Prize Winners
Moataz Assem (University of Cambridge) and Matthew Mak (University of York)

Early Career Researcher News

President’s Commendation for Student Posters – EPS Online – July 2021

We are pleased to announce the winner of the President’s Poster Commendation Prize for the EPS Online (July 2021) meeting is Hellen Jing Yuan (Cardiff University, supervised by Christoph Teufel and Krishna Singh)!

Hellen’s Research Study Poster is entitled ‘Early sensory processing of a feature is modulated by the feature’s relevance to high-level object perception’.

Congratulations Hellen!

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President’s Commendation for Student Posters – EPS Online – April 2021

We are pleased to announce the joint winners of the President’s Poster Commendation Prize for the EPS Online (April 2021) meeting are Tom Arthur (University of Exeter, supervised by Samuel Vine, Gavin Buckingham and Mark Brosnan) and Cátia Ferreira De Oliveira (University of York, supervised by Lisa Henderson and Emma Hayiou-Thomas)!

Tom’s Research Study Poster is entitled ‘Expecting the unexpected: An examination of active inference in autistic adults using immersive virtual reality’ whilst Cátia’s Research Study Poster is entitled ‘Procedural learning in the SRT task: A long road to stability’.

Congratulations to both Tom and Cátia!

Society News

Helen Pattison

It with great sadness that I write to tell you that Professor Helen Pattison has passed away.

Helen joined Aston from the University of Birmingham 17 years ago, and before that, she was at Loughborough. She brought with her expansive knowledge and experience of clinical trials, interdisciplinary working, and a desire to set up a centre of excellence in health psychology. As a result Aston can claim to be the UK’s biggest provider of BPS-accredited health psychology training at MSc level with the largest cohorts of campus and online students.

Helen’s close collaborations with the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, with her clinical colleagues and those working in the areas of biomedical ethics and parental health behaviour brought with her a strong profile of applied health research, informed by psychology. Helen contributed psychological and methodological expertise to a number of clinical trials focusing on women’s reproductive health and paediatric health. She was also interested in women’s experience of pregnancy, and debunking urban myths such as ‘eating for two’ and the ‘pregnancy brain’ or ‘baby brain’.

Later in her career, and as technology progressed, Helen became interested in self-testing kits and the potential impact of those on illness perceptions, symptom perceptions, and ultimately the ways in which people managed their own diagnosis and health behaviours. This and other projects brought with them interdisciplinary collaborations within Aston, notably with pharmacy.

As well as her contributions to this highly impactful research, Helen has been a significant figure across the university. Most recently, she worked closely with others on the foundation of a new Medical School, bringing her many years’ experience to bear on the challenge. She held the position of Associate Dean for Research, and, for a number of years, and took up the position of Head of the Psychology Department. Helen’s commitment to rigorous research and to making a difference was evident throughout each of these roles.

As Head of Psychology, it was clear that Helen was always working towards creating a happy and supportive working environment. As we all know, this can be a particularly challenging task at times! Nevertheless, Helen has always been supportive to her colleagues, helping them to be the best that they can be.

This depth of commitment and mentorship was also extended to her students, at all levels. But this was not limited to her own students, Helen was always in favour of active research groups and providing researchers across their career trajectories with safe spaces to discuss their ideas, present their research, and to practise answering those tricky questions that Helen was always ready to ask.

Helen received her first degree in Psychology in 1977 from Cardiff, an MSc in Mathematical Psychology from Stirling in 1978, and a PhD from Reading in 1983. She was a member of the Experimental Psychology Society from 1985 until her death. Helen will be remembered with great fondness.

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President’s Commendation for Student Posters – EPS Online – January 2021

We are pleased to announce the winner of the President’s Poster Commendation Prize for the EPS Online (January 2021) meeting is Jamie Cockcroft (University of York, supervised by Aidan Horner and Gareth Gaskell and thanks to co-author on this work Sam Berens)!

Jamie’s Research Study Poster is entitled ‘Schema influence on behaviour for both schema-relevant and -irrelevant information’.

Congratulations Jamie!

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EPS / BSA Undergraduate Project Prize Winner for 2021

Congratulations to Jessica Teed from the University of Leeds (and Jessica’s supervisor, Dr Richard Harris) who has been selected as the winner of the EPS / BSA prize for best undergraduate research project in experimental psychology!

There were many outstanding submissions brought to the attention of BSA and EPS, congratulations to all nominated projects. More details of Jessica’s presentation to the EPS will be provided in the near future.

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EPS award nominations for approval at the Annual General Meeting in January 2021.

Following the autumn EPS committee meeting, we are delighted to announce the Committee’s award nominations for approval at the Annual General Meeting in January.

The Committee seeks approval for the following nominations:

Election of Fiftieth Bartlett lecturer

Professor Melvyn Goodale (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Election of Twentieth EPS Mid-Career Award lecturer

Professor Kate Nation (University of Oxford)

Election of Twenty Ninth EPS Prize lecture

Dr Catherine Manning (University of Oxford)

Election of Tenth Frith Prize lecturer

Dr Jennifer Murphy (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Election of Officers and Committee Members

President Elect:

Professor Kathy Rastle (Royal Holloway)

Ordinary Committee Members:

Dr Brianna Beck (University of Kent; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Representative)

Dr Joseph Brooks (Keele University; Data Protection Representative)

Dr Gavin Buckingham (University of Exeter)

Dr Joni Holmes (Cambridge University)

Dr David Sanderson (Durham University)

Early Career Researcher News

Looking back on an EPS Study Visit – Dr Paul Forbes

As a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Antonia Hamilton at UCL, Paul Forbes successfully applied for an EPS Study Visit in April 2017.

This award allowed Paul to visit the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany for three months under the supervision of Dr Leonhard Schilbach, investigating the validation of a non-invasive motion tracking system for use in autism diagnostic interviews.

Paul has told us that he enjoyed his stay in Munich and ‘learned a lot during the placement. It also cemented my decision to go abroad for my postdoc.’

The experience has also led to the publication (on August 12th 2020) of a paper entitled ‘Unobtrusive tracking of interpersonal orienting and distance predicts the subjective quality of social interactions‘, in collaboration with Juha Lahnakoski (a colleague Paul met whilst in Munich), Cade McCall and Leonhard Schilbach.

https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191815

Paul is now a postdoctoral researcher in the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit of the University of Vienna.

Society News

Bob Audley

It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Bob Audley, who was EPS Hon. Secretary between 1962 – 1964 and President between 1975 – 1976, died last Friday (31st July 2020).
 
Along with AR Jonckheere and Tim Shallice, he was one of the primary figures in the brief flowering of mathematical psychology in the United Kingdom during the 1960s. It included work on mathematical learning theory and decision making – Audley’s (1960, Psyc Rev) Theory of Choice remains an important landmark paper. Later he worked on reaction times, map cognition, and, perhaps most importantly, he triggered the development of research into the psychology of medical accidents in the 1990s (Medical Accidents by C Vincent, M. Ennis & RJ Audley OUP, 1993).
 
Audley steered the UCL department of psychology through the years of the Thatcher cuts so that the department emerged from the 1980s bigger and stronger than at the beginning of the decade. At a national level, he was a major figure in UK psychology and he successfully argued in parliament that our discipline should be classified and funded as a laboratory-based biological science rather than as a social science.
 
As such, Bob Audley had a significant impact on EPS members and the direction of our discipline. We are most grateful to his contribution to the Society.

Related (non-EPS) activities

ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences: Open Consultation

The ESRC has launched an open consultation to inform their Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences. Through the consultation they want to capture views on the strengths and limitations of current doctoral study from within and outside of the social sciences. They are particularly interested in examples from existing experience, the learning from trials of new or innovative approaches, and views of areas where change would be beneficial to enhance skills and ensure doctoral graduates are fully prepared for a range of future careers with their health and well-being safeguarded. They would like to hear from a diverse range of stakeholders and are seeking the views from all members of the research community, learned societies, government, business, third-sector organisations and others who have an interest in the future skills needed by social science PhD students. The findings of this review will directly inform the ESRC’s strategy for doctoral training and for recommissioning our Doctoral Training Partnerships in 2022/23.

Alongside the launch of this consultation, the ESRC are also publishing a comprehensive assessment of existing research evidence on the structure, funding and assessment of social science doctoral training. Please engage directly with the consultation and promote amongst your contacts and networks. The consultation is open until 16 September 2020.

The consultation page can be found here.

Early Career Researcher News

President’s Commendation for Student Posters – EPS Online

We are pleased to announce that we have decided to award two President’s Poster Commendation Prizes presented at the EPS Online meeting!

Ivan Ezquerra-Romano for his Research Plan Poster (University College London, supervised by Patrick Haggard) ‘”Filling out” and “Emptying in” of skin sensations’, and Veronika Hadjipanayi (University of Bristol, supervised by Chris Kent and Casimir Ludwig) for her Research Study Poster, ‘Eye movements during unequal attention splitting in a multiple object tracking task’.

Congratulations to Ivan and Veronika!

Journal News

An Open Call for Associate Editors of QJEP

Associate Editor positions at QJEP are traditionally filled by invitation. To widen the pool of candidates and ensure that disadvantaged groups are not overlooked, we are opening a general call for applicants for the first time.

We are seeking potential Associate Editors to join the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, to complement our existing team.

About the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (QJEP).

• QJEP is the journal of the Experimental Psychology Society with a long history of publishing landmark papers in psychology.
• The scope of the journal covers all aspects of experimental psychology, including attention, perception, learning, memory, language, reasoning, child development, social cognition, embodiment and other emerging topics.
• From mid-2020, Professor Antonia Hamilton will take on the role of Editor in Chief of QJEP, with a team of 16 Associate Editors.

The role involves:
• Action editing of papers, including screening manuscripts for appropriateness, finding reviewers, reading reviews and making editorial decisions.
• Contributing to the development of the journal, including proposing & organising special issues.
• A modest annual honorarium will be paid.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:
• A good publication record in experimental psychology.
• A strong track record of reviewing and editorial work, including for QJEP.
• Expertise in a range of topics relevant to the journal.

We are committed to equality and diversity and are open to contributions from all sections of the experimental psychology community in the UK and beyond. Applications from candidates with minority backgrounds are especially welcome.

Informal enquiries to a.hamilton@ucl.ac.uk are welcome.

To formally apply, please prepare a 2 page CV and a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role, and email this to a.hamilton@ucl.ac.uk

A review of applications will begin on 21st July 2020 but there is no formal closing date.

Society News

Gordon H. Bower

It is with sadness that the EPS has learnt that Professor Gordon H. Bower of Stanford University, USA, passed away at home on June 17th. He was 87.

Professor Bower spent his entire 49 year career at Stanford and was awarded the EPS Sir Frederic Bartlett Lectureship at the University of Durham in April 1976, his talk was entitled ‘How people understand and recall stories’.

Professor Bower was known for the high quality of his research and his areas of expertise included; associative and narrative memory, mental and mathematical models, and emotion-influenced cognition. In 2005, he was awarded the President’s National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honour in the United States of America.

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R. Conrad

We are sad to announce the death of R. Conrad, universally known as “Con”, at the age of 103.

After active service in North Africa during WWII, Con read psychology in Cambridge and became Sir Frederic Bartlett’s research student.  He joined the MRC Applied Psychology Research Unit, becoming an Associate Director in 1958.  In the 1960s, Con was a pioneer of research into short-term memory, introducing the use of confusability to understand the internal representation of information.  In an influential line of work, he demonstrated acoustic confusions even when a list is presented visually, introducing the idea of phonological recoding.  He also made an early demonstration that memory for lists of items is reduced  by presentation of an irrelevant additional item – the suffix effect. Always keen to combine data, theory and application, Con also worked influentially on development of the UK post code and data entry systems for letter sorting machines. The tragic death of his wife, Rachael, motivated him to change his life direction and to seek a new, socially valuable research topic. He re-educated himself in problems of hearing and moved to Oxford for a major programme of work on teaching language skills to deaf children, concerning himself especially with the most useful balance between lip reading and sign language.   

He was a quiet and intensely sane man whose insights, empathy and helpfulness enriched the lives and work of those lucky enough to be mentored by him. 

Early Career Researcher News

EPS Poster Prize Interview – Bryony Payne

Bryony Payne won the EPS Student Poster Prize at the January 2020 EPS Meeting in London. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the VoCoLab at UCL under the supervision of Carolyn McGettigan, exploring whether we can integrate a new voice into our self-concept. She is enjoying all of the new opportunities that come with the PhD: she’s just submitted her first journal paper, is teaching on a Neurolinguistics module, and is looking forward to running her first fMRI study soon.

Why did you become an experimental psychologist?

I actually started in linguistics and have always been interested in how what we say with language, and how we say it through our voice, is connected to our self-identity. I realised I couldn’t fully explore the connections between voice, language, and the self with theory alone, and wanted to use a more scientific and empirical approach. This led me to the field of experimental psychology and an MSc in neuroscience and linguistics. Learning about some of the neurological underpinnings of these concepts was essential before I could ask further questions about how they are all connected. There are so many questions to explore about how the self is expressed through our voice and, conversely, about how our ability to use our voice makes us who we are. I hope to continue investigating these topics as I am with my current PhD, using both behavioural and neurobiological methods.

What advice would you give to people presenting their first poster at an EPS meeting?

Although presenting your research for the first time can feel daunting, EPS provides a really friendly, supportive, and welcoming space. It’s a chance meet likeminded people who are all doing exciting research, and who are really willing and ready to engage in yours. Try to enjoy it; there’s so much to get from it!

How does your poster project fit into your current work or plans for the future?

My poster summarises the three behavioural experiments that I’ve my completed in the first year of my PhD. These studies show that we can come to associate a new voice with our ‘self’ and perceptually prioritise that voice after only very brief exposure. Overall, I am hoping to provide a behavioural and neurobiological investigation of how a new vocal identity can be integrated into the self. So, looking forward, I plan to support the current behavioural data with an fMRI study to show the neural correlates of the self-prioritisation effect we found in voices.

As an early career researcher, what did you get out of the EPS meeting you attended (apart from the prize!)?

The main thing that I got out of the meeting was confidence; a realisation that I can talk to people about my research and really enjoy doing it. It was great to meet lots of new people and put faces to the names of other researchers in my field. Our conversations sparked so many new ideas, interesting questions, and potential future collaborations. It’s really helpful to see how others respond to your research and it exposes you to ways of thinking about the wider topic that you might not previously have thought about.

How do you think the EPS could support you with your career plans or plans for projects in the future?

The EPS provides such a friendly and supportive space to share research and disseminate findings; I hope to attend many more meetings in the future. The travel grants are also a great resource for any early career researcher; they make it far more possible to connect with other researchers further afield and stay up to date with current developments.

Society News

Bill Macken

It is with sadness that the EPS has learnt that Professor Bill Macken has passed away.

Bill was a very active and respected member since joining in 2007 and he has left a mark on many colleagues through his work and friendship.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.