Each year, during Research Week, the School of Psychology recognizes the crucial role played by our postgraduate research students in creating and maintaining our reputation for research excellence.
The Postgraduate Student Research Excellence Award (PSREA) recognizes excellence in published research by students enrolled in a postgraduate degree within the School of Psychology. Each year prizes are awarded to three runners up, and to an overall winner, who is then invited to give a talk on their research.
Dana Schneider received the 2012 PSREA for her work examining how implicit social cognition operates in principle and in related disorders such as autism. At the time of application Dana had published three first author papers in this area, two of these in top tier journals for psychological science (Psychological Science & Journal of Experimental Psychology: General) and one in a leading specialist journal in the field of cognitive neuroscience (Neuropsychologia).
Katie received the 2011 PSREA for her published research on appealing to common humanity among historically conflicting groups. At the time of application Katie had published two first author papers in leading Social Psychology journals, receiving wide-spread attention for the quality of her work. Katie recently won a prestigious research fellowship from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Catharina (Karin) Verweij received the 2010 PSREA for her work encompassing two topics, behavioural genetics and molecular genetics. At the time of application Karin had published three first author papers, including an excellent contribution on the topic of environmental influences on cannabis use, published in the best specialist journal in that field (Addiction) and on the molecular genetics of personality, also published in a leading specialist journal (Biological Psychology).
Karin is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam.
Tom Wallis received the 2009 PSREA for his work examining the possible functional significance of disappearance phenomena. At the time of application Tom had published three first author publications. One of these, published in one of the world’s leading general interest journals for biological science (Current Biology) had argued that a particularly striking disappearance phenomenon is related to a functional process that suppresses awareness of motion blur signals.
Tom subsequently won a prestigious CJ Martin Research Fellowship from the National Health & Medical Research council, and is now a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School.