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Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV): Tia Bennett

Tia is on the Psychology pathway at the University of Birmingham; her research aims to determine how UK policing should construct identification parades to maximise eyewitness identification accuracy.

She undertook an Overseas Institutional Visit to the University of California, San Diego in November and December 2023.

Tia’s visit to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in the winter of 2023 enabled her to work with Distinguished Professor John Wixted, whose diagnostic-feature-detection theory underpins Tia’s research.

Photo of sunset from Tia's visit to California

Through regular meetings with Professor Wixted, Tia received valuable feedback on her work, developed her data analysis skills (including model fitting on MATLAB and ROC analysis), and discussed methods of data analysis, including innovative techniques which Tia intends to use in her PhD and future career:

“Visiting Professor Wixted and colleagues has given me invaluable experiences and expertise which will be useful for completing my PhD studies, and will also enhance career opportunities available to me.”

Photo of landscape from Tia's visit to California

The month-long visit provided Tia with opportunities to expand her research network, and also gave her the opportunity to explore San Diego. During her free time, Tia was able to visit San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and many other sights that San Diego had to offer.

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Tue 20 Feb 2024, 12:53


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