Dr Beverley Pickard-Jones



Research Interests

My primary research revolves around the exploration of priors in visual perception across different age groups. By employing visual illusions as investigative tools, I seek to to contribute to a deeper understanding the intricate workings of perception and cognition.

In addition to my work in visual perception, I am excited about integrating technology and education. My pedagogical research focuses on leveraging AI technologies to optimise the learning experience and foster greater knowledge retention among students. By embracing AI in educational practices, I believe we can equip students with the skills they need to excel in a dynamic and swiftly-changing technological landscape.

Teaching Activities

I currently teach research methods and scientific communication. I take great pride in encouraging students to become independent thinkers and effective communicators within the scientific community. 

My third-year project for 2023/2024 is titled "I'm a Chatbot, Ask Me Anything: Designing Interactive Learning Experiences with AI Tools". Together with an external industry partner, my students will explore the various factors that impact the efficacy of learning materials and how AI can be used as a tool to support active engagement and lead to deeper information processing and retention.

Employability Lead

Beyond my research and teaching endeavours, I am the Employability Lead for the School of Psychology and Sport Science. In this capacity, I actively contribute to the university's strategic plan to embed employability and transferable skills into the curriculum to equip students with the skills necessary to excel in work and research, thus producing well-rounded graduates ready to make meaningful contributions to society.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2023 - PhD , The Development of Visual Priors Across the Lifespan (2018 - 2022)
  • 2018 - MSc , Psychological Research , Bangor University (2017 - 2018)
  • 2017 - BSc , Psychology with Neuropsychology , Bangor University (2014 - 2017)

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