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Professor Marcus Munafò and Professor Ian Penton-Voak win the 2013 BAP/Cambridge Cognition Award

10 June 2013

Marcus Munafò and Ian Penton-Voak have been awarded the 2013 British Association of Psychopharmacology / Cambridge Cognition Award.

Marcus Munafò and Ian Penton-Voak have been awarded the 2013 British Association of Psychopharmacology / Cambridge Cognition Award.

The award exists to support the development of novel assessments, treatments algorithms, interventions, or assistive technologies, and to particularly reward translational approaches in Psychopharmacology.

The Bristol Emotion Recognition Task (BERT) is a new test that assesses both the sensitivity of participants to recognise emotion in facial expressions, and any biases in the attribution of emotion in facial expressions. Deficits and biases in the recognition and attribution of emotion in facial expressions is a ubiquitous feature of psychopathology. The reliable assessment of these is therefore critical, in particular given growing evidence that pharmacological treatments directly modify these deficits and biases. The task was developed together with Ian Penton-Voak, also based in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.

This work is strongly aligned with the goals of the BAP and Cambridge Cognition, who are committed to promoting and encouraging research in the area of psychopharmacology that could directly, and in the near term, translate to patient care.

Marcus will be presented with the award at the BAP annual meeting in Harrogate in July. For information about the BERT, please go to the Cambridge Cognition website.

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