Faculty PhD Prize Winners 2021 announced. Many congratulations to Dr Owain Richie (Thesis Prize) and Dr Devon Allcoat (Thesis Impact Prize)!
Dr Owain Ritchie (Faculty PhD Thesis Prize)
"Psychological factors influencing perceptions of autonomous vehicles and computerised systems”
The Committee commended the multi-method approach (e.g., multiple indices of driving performance in simulator studies, self-reports, physiological recordings in lab studies) and liked the links between Engineering and Psychology
Supervisors: Professor Derrick Watson and Professor Nick Chater
Dr Devon Allcoat (Faculty PhD Thesis Impact Prize)
"Effects and applications of video games and virtual environments"
This thesis investigated the effects of VG and VE on cognition, specifically on learning and memory, and was recommended for the Impact Prize, as this work had already demonstrated that it had the potential to fundamentally affect modern educational practices and policies with regard to the use of advanced technology in educational and home settings.
Supervisors: Dr Adrian von Mühlenen and Professor Derrick Watson
"Beyond the Shape of Things: Infants can be taught to generalize nouns based on functions". Read more in a Psychological Science paper co-authored by Professor Sotaro Kita and Dr Suzanne Aussems.
New paper alert. This (open-access) paper on infant word learning in Psychological Science was led by @CeciZunigaM and co-authored by @sotarokita and @KrottAndrea and myself. We show infants can be taught a function bias for word learning. Very proud of this collaborative work twitter.com/sotarokita/sta…