First place for Psychology PhD student at the Three Minute Thesis Competition

Anna Torrens-Burton (pictured left), who is studying for a PhD in Psychology, won the Three-Minute Thesis competition on the 2nd May 2017 with her presentation entitled “the slowing of information processing speed during ageing”.

3MT thesis Anna Torrens-Burton

Winner Anna Torrens-Burton (left), second prize poster winner Simon Newstead (right)

The Three Minute Thesis competition is a dynamic, creative, research communication competition that challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

Established at the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition has spread rapidly across the world and Swansea University is just one of dozens of UK-based institutions that form part of a global 3MT network.

The aim of Anna’s thesis is to, measure the speed of processing of the functions of vision and attention, by measuring reaction time between young and older adults as they perform a variety of different vision and attention tasks. The extent to which cognitive functions such as vision and attention slow during ageing is still unclear therefore the first aim of this PhD project is to measure the speed of processing in these two areas.

The second aim of Anna's PhD is to observe whether the speed of cognitive function is reflected in peoples’ subjective feelings about their cognition. In other words, do concerns about significant slowing reflect the speed at which cognitive tasks are performed.

On entering the competition, Anna said, I applied to challenge myself in being able to explain my research in such a short time. I also wanted the chance to practice my public speaking skills in preparation for a conference I am presenting in, in July and also for my viva.I feel so much more confident now about being able to talk about my research successfully and I feel that if I put my mind to something I can achieve great results...and I have also learned that a lot of hard work pays off!”

Professor Jaynie Rance (College of Human & Health Sciences, Director - Postgraduate Research) congratulates this year’s winners,

“I would like to congratulate all of our PGR students who took part in the 3MT competition. The standard was extremely high and you all did yourselves and the College proud.

I am delighted to say that three of the four prize winners came from the College of Human and Health Sciences.

This is a great event that encourages our PGR community to develop and fine tune presentation skills and learn more about the work going on throughout the University.”

The second place prize awarded to Paul Byrne from The College of Engineering.

Anna Torrens-Burton also won first prize in the poster competition and Simon Newstead from the College of Human and Health Sciences was awarded second prize in the poster competition.