Issued by York University
Professor Andy Young from the University of York’s Department of Psychology has been awarded the British Psychological Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Lifetime Achievement award is made annually to a psychologist with an outstanding record of personal achievements who has also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.
One of the world’s most influential psychologists, Professor Young’s research focuses on the processes that underlie our perception of faces. For example, how do we understand another person’s emotions from their facial expression, how do we recognise familiar faces, and what happens when we form an impression about someone’s character based on their appearance? What parts of the brain are involved, and what happens when they are damaged?
This is the second successive year that the lifetime achievement award has gone to an academic in York’s Department of Psychology, with Professor Alan Baddeley winning the award in 2012.
Professor Young, who is the Department’s Director of Teaching and Learning and a former Head of Department, said: “I am very pleased to receive this award and grateful to the many colleagues I have had the privilege of working with.”
Professor Young has worked at the University since 1997 and was influential in developing the York Neuroimaging Centre. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001 and is listed in the Thomson-Reuters international index of the world’s most highly-cited scientists.
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