Professor Derek Carson will deliver his inaugural lecture 'The Appliance of Psychological Science' on Wednesday 13th June at 6pm. This is an open event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Professor Carson said: “Now more than ever before, Governments and the funders of research are requiring that researchers must demonstrate the societal, economic or environmental impact of funded research. In 2014, the research conducted in UK universities will be reviewed as part of the Research Excellence Framework and the impact this research has had will, for the first time, affect the outcome of this review.
“The Government and funding bodies are right to be requesting that universities demonstrate the impact of their research and we at Abertay welcome this.”
In this lecture, Professor Carson, Chair of Applied Cognitive Psychology, will welcome this focus on impact and argue that the most effective applied research is that which has a strong theoretical underpinning. Professor Carson said: “Public perception of academic study can be that it is a waste of money and of no real benefit to society. I will argue that psychology research really does contribute to understanding of everyday problems and I will be using real examples of research undertaken here at Abertay to prove this point.”
Professor Carson will cite a number of examples of how psychology research is having real-world impact, for example: how police forces are changing their interview procedures; how manufacturers are looking at ways of changing the design of self service kiosks; and how the evaluation, management and treatment of offenders with an intellectual disability has been influenced by the findings from research conducted at Abertay.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome. To reserve your space please RSVP to email@example.com Complimentary refreshments will be provided.