Welcome to the BPS Cognitive Section Virtual Annual Conference 2021
The 2021 conference is being held virtually and hosted by Oxford Brookes University. The conference provides a forum for researchers for dissemination of findings, and debate about current trends in the field of human cognition.
The conference will consist of keynotes, including Prof. Nick Yeung (Oxford University) and the winner (TBA) of this year’s Section prize winner. There will also be oral and poster presentations and symposia sessions.
Nick Yeung, Ph.D.
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
‘Confidence, Trust and Adaptive Decision Making’
I am a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, working with Stephen Monsell on cognitive control in task switching.
I then completed a postdoc at Princeton University with Jonathan Cohen, investigating how people detect their errors and learn from them, before holding lectureships at Carnegie Mellon University and then Oxford (since 2006). My research investigates human attention, memory, and decision making using a combination of behavioral, computational, and brain imaging techniques.
A current focus of my research is on how people judge and communicate confidence in their decisions, and the way these confidence judgements contribute to adaptive decision making in individuals and groups. As well as basic lab research, I’m interested in applying these findings to real-world questions such as how to improve medical decision making and training, and how to optimise human-machine teaming when people interact with automated and artificial intelligence systems.
Dr. Aidan Horner
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of York
Aidan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of York. He completed his PhD at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Magdeburg and UCL.
His research combines experimental psychology,computational modelling, and brain imaging to understand the cognitive and neural basis of long-term memory and spatial navigation.
Dr. Sam Berens
Research Fellow in cognitive neuroscience, University of Sussex
Sam is a Research Fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Sussex and works within The Episodic Memory Group, led by Prof Chris Bird. Prior to this he worked as a Research Associate supervised by Dr. Aidan Horner at the University of York.
Sam’s research focuses on the neuroscience of memory with a particular emphasis on how we acquire general knowledge and apply it to everyday situations.He uses a variety of research methods including experimental psychology, functional neuroimaging, and computational modelling.