December 31, 2013, by khyx2lyn

Recapping the Year 2013

It’s hard to believe that another year is almost over. It has been quite a year here at the School of Psychology, UNMC!

Here’s a quick recap of the year:

1.       Grant Success

The School received two grants from the Fundamental Research Grants Scheme (FRGS). Dr Kirsten McKenzie has received RM63,000 to examine the ‘Sensory Integration and Susceptibility to Illusory Sensations in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders’, while Dr Elizabeth Sheppard received RM60,000 to study ‘Cognitive Aspects of Driving in Malaysia: Perception and Judgment.’

2.       Global Psychology – an online module

Earlier this year, the School announced a newly proposed online module – Global Psychology – that will cover psychological implications of globalization and cross-cultural aspects of mainstream psychology research. The School hopes that the module will complement the current syllabus for psychology students and provide an appealing point of access to psychology for students from other courses. Read More…

3.       UNMC Graduate School’s Research Showcase 2013

PhD student Phui Cheng Lim won the ‘Best Press Release’ at UNMC’s Graduate School’s Research Showcase 2013, while Yvonne Teoh was chosen as one of the five finalists. The Research Showcase is an annual event where postgraduate students are given the opportunity to present their research to peers and staff of the university. The winner of the Showcase would be awarded with a free trip to UNUK to compete against other postgraduate students.

4.       Professor Peter Mitchell elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Earlier on 1st June, Professor Peter Mitchell was announced as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS), the highest designation that the British Psychological Society (BPS) can award. Read More…

5.       PhD student, Ai-Suan Lee won Ernst Mach Grant for a research trip to Austria

Ai-Suan Lee was awarded the Ernst Mach Grant in June for a research stay in Vienna, Austria where she will be collecting cross-cultural data for her PhD research. The Ernst Mach Grant is opened worldwide to postgraduate students who wish to conduct research in Austria. The grant is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF).

6.       UNMC’s Ben Hunte as one of the finalists poised to become the next Blue Peter Presenter

Ben Hunte, an undergraduate student studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience in UNMC was one of the applicants chosen for a chance to present the iconic children’s TV show, Blue Peter. Ben made it through to the final three candidates but lost out in an audience vote in the final round. Read More…

7.       Driving Research Group in the News

The Driving Research Group was profiled by local newspaper, The Star in September. The group headed by Dr Elizabeth Sheppard was interviewed along with PhD student, Phui Cheng Lim about the research conducted here that looks into understanding what makes Malaysia’s roads some of the most dangerous ones in South East Asia. Read More…

8.       UNMC’s Three Minute Thesis 2013

In October, UNMC crowned its first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner; Phui Cheng Lim. 3MT is a competition developed to challenge postgraduate students to present their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Cheng then entered the Universitas 21’s 3MT Online Competition where she presented her PhD research titled ‘Rethinking Driver Licensing.’

9.       Malaysian Psychology Conference 2013

The 3rd Annual Malaysian Psychology Conference was held in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Perak on 23rd November. Numerous undergraduate, postgraduate students and lecturers from UNMC attended and presented their research at the conference. Professor Peter Mitchell was invited as one of the plenary speakers at the conference to present on ‘The development of mindreading as a transactional process: Insights from autism.’ Moreover, eight UNMC students were awarded with merit paper for the abstracts they submitted for the conference.

10.   Face Perception Research Group in the News

Earlier this month, the Face Perception Group led by Dr Ian D. Stephen was featured in the local news, The Star. The article looked into the research conducted by PhD student, Tan Kok Wei and Dr Stephen which focuses on skin colour as a factor used to judge facial attractiveness.  Read More…

11.   U21 Prize Scholarship Winners

Two PhD students from the School of Psychology – Wei Lin Poh and Phui Cheng Lim – were awarded with the Universitas 21 (U21) Prize Scholarship. The scholarship allows PhD students to spend a month at a U21 partner institution to further develop their research skills. Wei Lin will be working with Dr Andrew Olson at University of Birmingham while Cheng will be working with Dr Steven Most at University of New South Wales.

That’s all folks!

Here’s to the New Year! Best wishes all!


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