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BPS award for work on how we perceive people’s voices

08 March 2019

Dr Nadine Lavan’s work on how we gain information on people from their voices has won the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology.

Her work as a Postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway was judged to have made an outstanding contribution to our understanding in the field.

Nadine was nominated for the award for two papers, the first of which was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology and investigated the perception of voices from laughter and the pronunciation of vowels.

The second paper, published in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, was a call-to-action for researchers in the field to incorporate within-person variability into their work.

Dr Nadine Lavan said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen to win the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research.

“My research looked at how we perceive identity from voices produced in different situations, environments, and with different intentions.

“This variability is a crucial feature of our voices, and I hope that my work has helped to further our knowledge on how it affects perception.”


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