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Psychologist honoured with BPS President’s Award

17 Jul 2015

Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph, from the Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit in the School of Psychological Sciences, is to receive the British Psychological Society’s 2015 President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.

Professor Lambon Ralph has been recognised for his body of research that brings together a range of disciplines and methodologies. He has:

  • pioneered the use of comparative case-series neuropsychology in the field of dementia and language problems after stroke;
  • conducted ground-breaking work using transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe semantic memory;
  • developed new brain-imaging studies that have informed understanding of the relation between lesions and symptoms.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, the President of the British Psychological Society, said:

“The Awards Committee was united in its decision to give this year's President's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Research to Professor Lambon Ralph. We felt that his work has been most influential in advancing psychological knowledge and practice, and innovative in the way that it brings together approaches from different disciplines. I offer him my most sincere congratulations.”

Professor Lambon Ralph said: “It is a great honour to receive this award from the British Psychological Society

“I hope that it highlights the positive symbiotic relationship that can be forged between psychological sciences and neuroscience – one which advances our understanding of cognitive processes and their neural bases and provides important insights about acquired language and memory problems following brain damage.”

The mid-career President's Award is made annually to recognise the achievements of someone currently engaged in research of outstanding quality. The winner receives a commemorative certificate and is invited to give a lecture at the Society’s Annual Conference – in this case in April 2016.

Professor Lambon Ralph was appointed to his current chair in cognitive neuroscience in 2001.