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Lauren Marsh wins BPS Doctoral Award

30 March 2015

Congratulations to Dr Lauren Marsh who has been awarded an early-career researcher award from the British Psychological Society.

Dr Lauren Marsh has received the Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology and will be invited to deliver a lecture based on her research at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference next year.

Lauren’s first paper provided evidence that children with autism, unlike neurotypical children, do not copy unnecessary actions when asked to complete a task by copying an adult. The second looks at mechanisms in the brain that allow us to understand rational and irrational actions by other people. Whilst working in the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre, Dr Marsh is conducting research into how children think about ownership and possession and how this relates to their developing sense of self.

Lauren was one of two researchers to win the award which is made each year by the British Psychological Society’s Research Board to recognise outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge made in the course of completing a doctorate in Psychology. Candidates are judge on the basis of one or two published articles reporting the research they carried out for their degree. Professor Dorothy Miell, the President of the British Psychological Society, says:

“We were delighted to make awards to two such strong candidates. In both cases their work not only evidences outstanding research skills but also has clear applications and value for groups in society. The Society is delighted to see such strong examples of excellent work being done by the next generation of researchers in Psychology.  I wish them all the best for their future careers.”

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