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Current: Professor Emerita of Mathematical Psychology

Originally B.Sc., M.Sc. n physics.Ph.D. in Mathematical Psychology, Columbia University, New York City. Career as computer programmer on real time systems (air traffic control). Followed by accademic career at University of Hertfordshire (former Hatfield Polytechnic), ending as Head health & HUman Scences Research Institute and Blended Learning champion.

Passionately committed to both open science (OSF ambassador)and advancing role and opportunities for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine). Experienced mentor welcoming mentees in these area generally as well as in psychology,


  • Decision making: speed, accuracy & bias
  • Mathematical modelling of cognitive processes
  • Quality evidence, open science, and replication, see
  • Statistics: Generalized Linear Mixed Models; Bayes

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Collaboration: Rachel Msetfi, University of Limerick

Happy to accept:

  • Mentees, Ph.D. students, B.Sc., M.Sc. Psychology Project students, Interns

Research interests

Mathematical Models of the Psychology of Thinking

  • Decision Making: weighing up uncertainy and cost benefit
  • Modelling time to make perceptual and action decisions
  • Psychophysics of vision, audition, value, utility, pleasure & pain

Statistical Methodology

  • Theory: design & analysis of ordinal measures, e.g. 1-5, 0r 1-7 scales of agreement or approval
  • Application: National Student Survey
  • Application: Neurophysiological & brain measures
  • Application: Physiological markers of cancer
  • Guidelines: Design & analyses that include effect size and power

Human Computer Interaction

  • Evaluation of human performance with technology
  • Statistical analyses of humanperformance
  • Technology for blind and visually impaired people

Higher Education & Technology

  • Use of semi-automatic assessment & feedback
  • Physics and statistics education

Evolutionary Psychology of Counterintuitive Cultural Practices

  • Poor families killing girl-children
  • Institutionalized child abuse
  • Honour killing and violence
  • Group differences at the group level: gender and ethnicity

Teaching specialisms

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychophysics
  • HumanComputer Interaction
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Modelling

Commercial and public engagement


Athena Swan Panellist


  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Mathematical  Statistical Psychology
  • President International Society for Psychophysics 2006 - 2008

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematical Psychology, Ph.D., Psychophysics, Columbia University in the City of New York

Award Date: 30 Apr 1973

Nuclear Physics, M.Sc., Spin & Parity in Elementary particles, Chelsea College of Science & Technology, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jul 1966

Physics, B.Sc., The University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jun 1961

External positions

Athen Swan Panellist, Advance HE

1 Nov 2010 → …


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