Mr Alex Lloyd

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Research interests

My research examines adolescents' decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. Specifically, I examine whether adolescents use information from novel environments with ambiguous properties to guide future decisions. I also examine how social, individual differences and developmental factors interact with conditions of ambiguity to increase the risk for negative outcomes in this population. I utilise a range of research methodologies to examine this topic, including: behavioural tasks, computational modelling and fMRI. 

Teaching

I currently teach seminars on PS1010, a first year research methods module. In addition, I deliver lecture and seminar content on a module titled: 'Research Methods for Psychology (Introduction)' at Birkbeck, University of London. 

Educational background

I studied BSc Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire (2011-2014) for which I was awarded a 1st Class (Hons). Following this, I completed a Psychology MSc at the University of Westminster (2016-2017) where I was awarded a Distinction. 

Other work

I have a number of roles related to my research interests which I currently uphold alongside my PhD studentship. I am currently an Editor for the PsyPAG Quarterly, an open-access journal for psychology postgraduates across the country. In addition, I am a member of the Voice of Young Science network, an organisation committed to ensuring transparency and scientific rigour in public debates about science. 

 

I volunteer as a Community Panel Member for Hackney and Islington Youth Offending Services, supporting young people involved in the criminal justice system to complete their community sentences. I also sit as a trustee for Dragon Hall Trust, a charity providing equipment and activities for young people in central London. 

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