York Academic to take up BSA Section Presidency

Posted on 23 May 2018

Professor Steve Tipper will join 16 other leading academics from across the country as a Section President.

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The Department of Psychology’s Professor Steve Tipper has been announced as the British Science Association (BSA)’s new Psychology Section President. Steve will take up his year-long role in September, marking the start of his term with a Presidential Address at the British Science Festival.

Each year, the Sections nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution to their scientific field for Presidency of the Section. The title recognises Steve’s work and research, and will allow him to help shape the development of his section through new content, prominent figures within their field and various events throughout the year.

Steve’s research has covered selective action, perception of other people’s actions and the role of attention in these action perception processes, and he is currently investigating the relationship between perception, action and emotion. He teaches cognitive psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is part of the departmental research group for Social Interaction, Forensic and Abnormal Psychology.

Steve said of the news:

"I am pleased to have been elected President of the Psychology section of the BSA. It is very important that the public are aware of the important research undertaken within Psychology, and I hope to make a contribution to such public understanding during my tenure."

Since the foundation of the British Science Festival, the BSA’s Sections have played a key role in its content development, advising the BSA on hot topics in their subject areas, as well as suggesting leading figures who could be involved. Comprised of science professionals, the Sections contribute to the programme's events and arrange activities such as talks, demonstrations, and debates.