This year's Conference includes the following awards:
BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Award 2022
The BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Award recognises outstanding published contributions to research in the area of Cognitive Psychology. Eligible publications are limited to scientific journal papers reporting novel observations and providing significant theoretical insight into human cognition. The Award Panel will give greater consideration to studies with broad appeal and widespread implications, particularly studies that address longstanding problems and that advance conceptual understanding in unexpected or counterintuitive ways.
The 2022 award has been made to Mauro Manassi and David Whitney for the paper:
Manassi, M., & Whitney, D. (2022). Illusion of visual stability through active perceptual serial dependence. Science advances, 8(2), eabk2480.
I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relationships at Padua University (Padua, Italy). Right before getting my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (and starting a career as a clinical psychologist),
I fell in love with everything that is about Perception and Visual Neuroscience. Since then, this is what I do and I love.
After my master thesis on motion priming under the supervision of Prof. Gianluca Campana, I joined Prof. Michael Herzog's Psychophysics laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) for a PhD in Neuroscience (2009-2014). My PhD focused on how our visual system organizes the cluttered environment around us in a coherent manner.
At the end of my PhD, I was awarded of the Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation, for an 18 months postdoc in Prof. David Whitney's laboratory of Perception and Action at UC Berkeley (California, USA). Here, I have become interested in how our visual system stabilizes our visual interpretations of the world, turning discontinuous and chaotic retinal images into coherent visual percepts As of August 2019, I am a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (UK).
As an undergraduate, I majored in Economics, Philosophy, and Psychology. Although these are a seemingly disparate or even random set of fields, they are coherently bound together. All of these fields overlap in the sense that they all depend intimately on human perception. Economic choices depend, at the most fundamental level, on human perception and perceptual decisions. Similarly, the basis of many areas of philosophy is human perception. Psychology is the study of the mind, and all higher psychological and cognitive functions depend first on perception. Once I appreciated that perception was at the heart of my interests, I was hooked.
I pursued perception science in graduate school. I received a Master’s and PhD from Harvard University in Psychology, specializing in Vision Science. Later, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario and then joined the faculty at UC Davis before moving to UC Berkeley in 2010 as professor.
My lab and I are broadly interested in perception science. What is "perception science"? Perception science is the investigation of "why we see what we see". What are the cognitive and neural mechanisms that make us experience the world as we do? I am broadly interested in a variety of topics in perception, including visual and visuomotor localization, motion perception, object recognition, perceptual and motor crowding, and visual impairments. In my lab, we use a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). One of my goals as a teacher is to show my students that perception science is all around them and relevant to every field, career, and avocation; they only have to look or listen.
Undergraduate Project Prize
The Undergraduate Project Prize recognises outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students in the area of Cognitive Psychology. Eligible projects should report novel observations and provide theoretical insights into cognition. The work must have been conducted in the UK.
The 2022 winner is Imogen Bird (University of Cambridge) for the project “Investigating how Feature Binding in Visual Working Memory is Affected by Age”.
Allan McNeill Postgraduate Poster Prize
The Allan McNeill Postgraduate Poster Prize is awarded during the annual conference.