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Psychology PhD Student Publication Award

To acknowledge research accomplishments by Psychology PhD students, the departmental PhD student publication award was established in 2017. The winners of the award are announced on the Postgraduate Research Day that usually takes place in the second half of May.

The competition is open to all articles that were published in international peer-reviewed journals in the preceding year, either electronically (must have a doi number) or in print, by Psychology PhD students on the condition that:

  • the student is the first author of the article;
  • the student did not submit their PhD thesis before the preceding year; and
  • the publication is based on research that was conducted during the student’s doctoral studies at the University of Warwick.

All eligible publications will be judged by the Departmental judging panel which membership is approved by the Postgraduate Supervisory Committee. The judging panel will evaluate the papers on the basis of their novelty, contribution to the field the quality of experimental or theoretical work, and potential impact. The impact factor of the journal will be considered as one, but not the only, criterion for evaluation of publications.

2018

The winners of the 2018 Psychology PhD Student Publication Awards were Slava Dantchev and Naomi Muggleton.

Dantchev, S., Zammit, S., & Wolke, D. (2018). Sibling bullying in middle childhood and psychotic disorder at 18 years: a prospective cohort study. Psychological Medicine, 14, 2321-2328. doi:10.1017/S0033291717003841

“The previous research has shown that bullying increases the risk of developing mental health problems later in life. This paper, for the first time, showed that sibling bullying during middle childhood increases the risk of psychosis in early adulthood. This was shown through sophisticated statistical analysis of the birth cohort data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. This finding is important because it highlights the need for a process that allows parents and health professionals to identify and reduce sibling bullying.”

Muggleton, N. K., & Fincher, C. L. (2018). You're not my type: Do conservatives have a bias for seeing long-term mates? Evolution and Human Behavior, 39, 652-663.

“Work in evolutionary psychology shows that people favour attractive partners for short-term relationships and high-status partners for long-term relationships, but the role of social norms has been neglected. This paper broke new ground by investigating the role of social norms in two experiments, using sophisticated analyses to show that conservative social norms moderate short-term and long-term preferences. These findings pave the way for developing models of partner preference that draw on both evolutionary and social psychology.”

2017

The winners of the 2016 Psychology PhD Student Publication Awards were Suzanne Aussems, Kirsty Lee, and Kostas Mantantzis and this is what the judging panel said about their award-winning publications:

Aussems, S., & Kita, S. (2017). Seeing iconic gestures while encoding events facilitates children's memory of these events. Child Development. Epub ahead of print.

"This paper gives a compelling theoretical argument for understanding potential effects of iconic gesture on pre-schoolers’ memory encoding for events. The study design is excellent example of tailoring a specific question to ruling out alternative explanations, showing that iconicity specifically enhances encoding by attracting attention to event features analogized in the gesture."

Lee, K., Guy, A., Dale, J., & Wolke, D. (2017). Adolescent desire for cosmetic surgery: associations with bullying and psychological functioning. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 139, 1109-1118.

"This paper examines the relationships between bullying, psychological functioning, and desire for cosmetic surgery. Part of an ambitious broader program examining a cohort of over 2500 adolescents, the study showed that the link between bullying involvement and desire for cosmetic surgery is mediated by psychological functioning for bullying victims, but not for bullies. These results provide deeper theoretical understanding of psychological processes underlying bullies and bully victims’ raised interest in cosmetic surgery, and have implications for assessing whether cosmetic surgery is psychologically appropriate in clinical settings."

Mantantzis, K., Schlaghecken, F., & Maylor, E. A. (2017). Food for happy thought: Glucose protects age-related positivity effects under cognitive load. Psychology and Aging, 32, 203-209.

"This paper tests an important elaboration of the idea that the positivity bias in older adults results from cognitive control, previously supported by evidence from dual-task paradigms that eliminate this bias. Across two experiments using the administration of glucose, it was shown that sensitivity to the dual-task manipulation was moderated by the availability of the metabolic resources required for cognitive control, providing insights into physiological mechanisms underlying the positivity bias."

2016

The winners of the 2016 Psychology PhD Student Publication Awards were Divya Sukumar and Melissa Colloff.

Colloff, M. F., Wade, K. A., & Strange, D. (2016). Unfair lineups make witnesses more likely to confuse innocent and guilty suspects. Psychological Science, 27(9), 1227-1239.

“The study used a sophisticated and careful experimental design to examine an important real-life issue from a theoretical perspective. An impressively large sample size gives more strength to the study’s results which potentially ill have important practical implications for improving the lineup construction practices in the police force.”

Sukumar, D., Hodgson, J. S., & Wade, K. A. (2016). Behind closed doors: Live observations of current police station disclosure practices and lawyer-client consultations. Criminal Law Review, 12, 900-914.

“A great example of interdisciplinary observational fieldwork that draws on research in the fields of both psychology and law and on four weeks of observations of police disclosure practices before and during custodial interviews of legally represented suspects. The results of the study help us to better understand the nature of police practices in the disclosure of evidence and assess the potential risks of those practices to more vulnerable suspects or to suspects without legal representation.”