Psychology Lecturer at Edge Hill University Awarded Prestigious Early Career Award by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. Motonori YamaguchiMotonori Yamaguchi - thumb, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University, has just been selected as the 2016 recipient of the very prestigious Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement by the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 21. The APA is the largest professional association for psychologists in the world and is the main accrediting body of psychology programmes in the United States. Recipients of the Earl Alluisi Award are invited to make a special presentation of their work at the annual APA conference. Division 21 publishes the leading applied psychology journal, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

The Earl Alluisi Award is given to researchers within 10 years of the award of their PhD who have most significantly contributed to applied experimental and engineering psychology through research and publication. Dr. Yamaguchi obtained his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University in 2010 and worked at Vanderbilt University as a research fellow before joining the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University in 2013. He has published many research articles on experimental psychology in the leading psychology journals, and was given the award for his major contributions to the study of human interface design, skill acquisition, and human performance modelling.

EHU Psychology Students get blogging!

EHU Psychology, in collaboration with our regional partners, has been contributing to a blog, dedicated to sharing innovative ideas and opinions with regards to contemporary issues in psychology. PsychLiverpool is strongly supported by a network of student bloggers, researchers and teaching staff, to enable discussion and promote curiosity in the discipline, particularly for new or existing psychology students. EHU Psychology is delighted that Amy Purcell, a second year BSc (Hons) Psychology student, is currently representing us as Student Editor.  Additionally, the development of this partnership has been made possible by the hard work of our colleague Rebecca Coleman who is also taking a role as Editor of the blog.

Our first EHU Psychology entry to the blog is by Amy, who discusses her experience of online learning, which can be found here. If any of our current students would like to be involved in PsychLiverpool, please contact Rebecca Coleman for further details.


Academic awarded prestigious Fellowship

Joining some of the leading names in science and psychology, Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

EHU Psychology Professor awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine

Professor Geoff Beattie has just become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.  The society was established in 1805 as the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London.  A number of psychologists have been Fellows of the Society including the late Glyn Humphreys who was Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford and the President of the British Psychological Society, Professor Jamie Hacker-Hughes.  Honorary Fellows have included Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner and Sigmund Freud.

“Turn that frown upside-down!”

Research undertaken in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University, in collaboration with colleagues at Australian Catholic University has revealed new insight into the psychology of online emoticon usage, The research by Dr Helen Wall and Dr Linda Kaye explored why we use emoticons but more importantly, how this varies across different virtual environments. Their findings revealed a number of important themes surrounding emoticon usage, in respect of serving a function both for the sender and receiver of text-based messages on platforms such as Facebook, SMS messages and email. However, they also identified that other contextual factors played a role in determining whether or not we use emoticons, suggesting that emoticon usage, as a form of emotional expression may operate differently from traditional face-to-face emotional communication. Their findings have just been published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior and can be found here.

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