A pessimistic view of optimistic belief updating.
Punit Shah, University of Surrey, 2014The Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) in collaboration with the British Science Association awards an annual prize to the best final year undergraduate project in experimental psychology submitted from a UK psychology honours degree programme.
This prize will be presented at the following year's annual British Science Festival.
The prize consists of:
- Full registration, accommodation and travel expenses to attend the British Science Festival
- A £250 cheque sponsored by Psychology Press
- Presentation of the award by the Psychology Section President at the British Science Festival
- The opportunity to deliver a brief talk on the research project at a meeting of the EPS
The EPS/British Science Association Undergraduate Project Prize: Rules and Conditions of the Award
The purpose of the award is to give public recognition to the excellent scientific work being supported and carried out by able undergraduates within psychology departments. The institution from which the winning entry is chosen will be mentioned alongside the winner's name in all publicity associated with the award.
Nominations, in accordance with the rules and conditions below, are sought through Heads of Departments of Psychology by the 10th July each year.
The award is restricted to students registered on the final year of a BPS approved UK honours degree course in psychology in the year of nomination.
Only students intending to pursue postgraduate studies in psychology, broadly construed, are eligible for nomination.
Nominated projects should be experimental studies such as might be eligible for publication in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and for presentation at an EPS meeting.
Nominations should be approved and forwarded by the Head of Department (or other person with managerial responsibility for the degree programme) on behalf of the nominee, and should include:
* An electronic copy of the project as submitted for examination;
* A statement of the degree for which the project has been submitted, and a statement that the nominee is expected to receive that degree in the current year;
* A statement that the nominee will be available to attend the British Science Festival in September of the following year to receive the award, if successful;
* A statement that that the nominee, and project supervisor, understand that the winner will be invited to present the project at an EPS meeting during the coming year (on a date convenient to both of them). The supervisor will also be invited to attend this presentation;
* A contact address and phone number for the nominee in the period July to September
Other than in exceptional circumstances, for which explanation should be supplied, submission should be restricted to one project per institution.
The EPS will be responsible for the final selection of the recipient of the award, and the administration of the award will be undertaken jointly by the Psychology Section of the British Science Association, and by the EPS.
In the first instance, submissions should be sent to Sandra Harris, EPS Administrator, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YF or email the application and supporting details to
The outcome of the competition will be announced around the end of October in the year of nomination.
EPS / British Science Association Undergraduate Project Prize 1993-2015
- Implicit memory for print advertising material.
Christine Askew, University of Liverpool, 1993
- Contrast induced speed misperception.
Sarah Swash, University of York, 1994
- The wordlikeness effect in non-word repetition: An index of bilingual type?
Annabel Thorn, University of Bristol, 1995
- The effect of practice on task switching and Stroop interference.
Nicholas Yeung, University of Oxford, 1996
- Developmental prosopagnosia: should it be taken at face value?
Peggy Postma, City University, 1997
- The co-ordination of verbal and spatial immediate memory in reading and mathematical ability.
Carmel Price, Royal Holloway, London, 1998
- Crossmodal links in covert endogenous attention between audition and touch.
Donna Lloyd, University of Manchester, 1999
- Joint Winners
Children with grammatical SLI: The use of syntactic and semantic cues in word-learning.
Shannon Connaire, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2000
Hemispheric asymmetries in perceptual-motor processing and the space ship plot: Simple reaction time to lateralised sinusoidal gratings.
Nicholas Holmes, University of Manchester, 2000
- Vision enhances cortical processing of tactile stimuli - an evoked potential study.
Marisa Taylor Clarke, University College London, 2001
- The role of the syllable in spoken word recognition: The illusory migration paradigm.
Anna Collins, University of York, 2002
- The acute effect of alcohol on decision making in social drinkers.
Sophie George, University of Sussex, 2003
- An attentional blink for fearful faces: Emotional processing does not require attention
Rebecca Jones, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2004
- The effects of masked priming on alphabetic retrieval and letter naming.
Anna Wollaston, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2005
- A study of spatial learning and memory in the red-footed tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria)
Hui Minn Chan, University of York, 2006
- The ability to use movement for segregating and locating sources of sound.
Paul Briley, University of York, 2008
- Are phosphenes reliable measures of conduction time in the visual system?
Christel Gudberg, Royal Holloway University of London, 2009
The effects of biasing story contexts on 7 and 11 year olds' false recognition compared to recognition on standard DRM lists.
Samantha Wilkinson, Lancaster University, 2010
Perception of vocal emotion in speech: simulations of bilateral and bimodal cochlear implantation.
Adele Goman, University of York, 2011
- When we can’t see the Zoo for the animals: The A to Z of inattentional blindness.
Samatha Mansell, University of Oxford, 2012
Defining the lower limit of human pitch perception.
Amy Gibb, Newcastle University, 2013
- A pessimistic view of optimistic belief updating.
Punit Shah, University of Surrey, 2014
- Illusory ownership over an artificial arm decreases itch perception in the real arm.
Zoe Lewis, University of Hull, 2015