Psychologists share research award

Two psychologists are to share the 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Research award, presented by the British Psychological Society's Research Board.

Dr Caroline Sebastian and Dr Thom Scott-Phillips are to both receive £500, as well as a commemorative certificate and an invitation to the Society's Annual Conference in 2012.

Dr Scott-Phillips was recognised thanks to his PhD thesis The Social Evolution of Pragmatic Behaviour - all elements of which have since been published as journal papers.

He said: "I am delighted to receive this award and honoured to share it with Dr Sebastian, who has clearly conducted some outstanding research."

Dr Sebastian was honoured following her PhD in the emerging field of developmental social cognitive neuroscience, which looked at whether functional development in neural circuitry contributes to the hypersensitivity to social rejection often reported by adolescents.