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Psychologists among the medals

02 May 2008

Dr Chambers (left) and Dr Sumner at the CUBRIC building

The Olympics are still some months away, but researchers at the School of Psychology are already celebrating medal success. Not that research excellence is a recognised Olympic sport, but if it were, the results of the two early-career researchers suggest Cardiff would appear high on the medal table.

For ground-breaking work in the understanding of how visual information results in action, School Lecturer Dr Petroc Sumner, has won the David Marr Medal from the Applied Vision Association. The medal recognises "the achievements of an outstanding vision scientist in the early part of his or her research career, in memory of one of Britain’s most distinguished vision researchers."

Dr Sumner said: "I feel very honoured to receive the Medal, particularly to be its first recipient. It is also an accolade for the excellence of vision sciences in Cardiff, as well as CUBRIC– an environment that benefits both the quality and scope of my work."

The Spearman Medal is awarded by the British Psychological Society "in recognition of outstanding published work in Psychology". The latest recipient is Dr Chris Chambers - a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council David Phillips Fellow at the School of Psychology – for his research on human cognition using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Dr Chambers commented: "My research involves stimulating the human brain with a magnetic field, which can tell us which areas of the brain are important for perception, attention, and higher cognitive abilities."

Commenting on the two awards, Head of School Professor Dylan Jones said: "Of course, we are very pleased that our colleagues have been recognised in this way, but it is important to recognise that in a School like ours research excellence of this standard is the rule, not the exception, and that’s a pleasing thing to know."

The medals follow Dr Alexander Leemans, from Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), who won recently in the General Electric (GE) Brain Expert competition.