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BPS honours researcher into how the brain becomes self-aware

08 May 2019

Stephen Fleming is to receive the 2019 Spearman Medal, our premier early-career award for researchers.

Based at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, Dr Fleming looks at how the human brain becomes self-aware.

His research is revealing the psychological and neural underpinnings of our ability to think about, monitor and control cognitive processes such as memory and decision making. You can read more about it on the MetaLab website.

Dr Fleming has given public talks about neuroscience and consciousness both in the UK and the USA and written for Aeon, Scientific American and Psychology Today.

Professor Daryl O’Connor, chair of our Research Board, said:

"The Spearman Medal recognises outstanding published work in psychology by candidates no more than eight years following completion of their PhD. This year, as normal, we received a large number of outstanding nominations.

“As a result, the Award Committee had such a difficult challenge on their hands, but after much deliberation, we have awarded the medal to Dr Stephen Fleming.

“His work demonstrated all the qualities we expect in a Spearman Medal winner – it was of the highest calibre and demonstrated evidence of important theoretical advances, originality and wide ranging impact.”

The Spearman Medal recognises outstanding published work completed within eight years of a candidate’s PhD.

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