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Birkbeck psychologist honoured by University of Lund, Sweden

Professor Hahn’s work has examined the interlinked areas of the process of argumentation – or making an argument which will convince a rational critic – and she has developed research interests in language and language acquisition; judgement and decision making; categorization; and how we conceive of similarity between objects in the mind. 

Professor Ulrike Hahn (third from left in photo), based in Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences, has been awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Lund, Sweden. 

The Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa was presented in recognition of Professor Hahn’s distinguished research career, throughout which she has developed a particular focus on cognition. In particular, Professor Hahn’s work has examined the interlinked areas of the process of argumentation – or making an argument which will convince a rational critic – and she has developed research interests in language and language acquisition; judgement and decision making; categorization; and how we conceive of similarity between objects in the mind. 

In addition to having been made a Fellow of the US-based Association for Psychological Science and elected a Fellow of Leopoldina, the German Academy of Sciences – the oldest Learned Society in the world – in 2015, Professor Hahn is consulting editor for the Psychological Review and is a member of the Senior Editorial Board for Topics in Cognitive Science.

Commenting on Professor Hahn’s award, Professor Mike Oaksford, Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, added:

“This is well-deserved recognition for Professor Hahn and the seminal contribution she is making to psychological knowledge. The Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck has a justified reputation for research strength, which is down to the expertise, passion and dedication that the entire department display for their research.”

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Published: 30 June 2017