January 28th, 2022
Hi All, and a belated Happy New Year!
Graduating Time Lab Members
It has been too many months since our last update, like most labs and academics we have been flying by the seat of our pants for the last two years. Through all of the difficulties one of the saddest has been the lack of opportunity to celebrate the success of our students, as all our graduations have been cancelled. On that front I would like to start our news round up by extending our congratulations to Dr Martin Casassus who submitted his thesis and successfully passed his PhD viva exam last year. Martin's work was examining time perception in people with autism. We would like to thank Dr Catherine Jones (University of Cardiff) and Dr Jason Taylor (University of Manchester) for serving as Martin's external and internal examiners. The viva was conducted on zoom, and sadly there was no opportunity for celebratory drinks afterwards. although Martin and I (Luke) did manage to stay within the Covid rules at the time and have a few beers in the rain in my garden!
Martin is now working as a lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma in Chile. We will miss Martin, but are still working together publishing the remaining work from his thesis and we hope to work on new projects together in the future.
In other news we would also like to congratulate Ms Georgia Dunning who completed her masters' project in our lab. Georgia graduated with a distinction and top of her class. She has recently published her first paper on her experience during her placement in the neuropsychology department at Salford Royal Hospital. You can read her paper here.
New Time Lab Publications
On the paper front, publications from our 3-year ESRC funded project on timing in autism are now starting to come out. The following are available or in press and we have more in the pipeline:
Poole, D., Gowen, E., Poliakoff, E., & Jones, L. A. (2021). ‘No idea of time’: Parents report differences in autistic children’s behaviour relating to time in a mixed-methods study. Autism, 13623613211010014.
Poole, D., Casassus, M., Gowen, E., Poliakoff, E., & Jones, L. A. (in press). Time perception in autistic adults: Duration and relative timing judgements do not differ from non-autistics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Dr Luke Jones was interviewed for USA today and the Courier Journal about how the perception of time has been altered by Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns and social restrictions. You can read the article here.
That's it for now, hopefully we will get back to more regular updates this year. Take care everyone.
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