Shortlisted candidates for BAPS 2022 Best Master Thesis Award announced

Written by Tim Vantilborgh

The BAPS executive committee (EC) has now made a shortlist for the 2022 Best Master Thesis award. We received 26 applications (9 KU Leuven, 5 UGent, 4 UC Louvain, 3 ULB, 3 VUB, 1 ULiège, 1 UMons) from a wide range of subdisciplines in psychology (e.g., social, developmental, organizational, clinical, cognitive, educational and health psychology, neuroscience, psycholinguistics). Various members of the EC who have a background in diverse areas of psychology read the summary of the applications except those from their own university. Each application was evaluated by five EC members.

Based on their evaluations, the EC selected three applications that will now be evaluated by an external jury. The shortlisted candidates are:

  • Pauline Billaux (UCL), Title: “How do you really feel – now? An investigation of the validity of the heartbeat counting task in binge drinking and severe alcohol use disorder”. Promotor: Prof. Pierre Maurage
  • Elodie Kox (ULB), Title: “A neuroscientific approach to prison experience: Influence of detention on the sense of agency and empathy for pain among inmates”. Promotors: Prof. Axel Cleeremans & Prof. Emilie Caspar
  • Hélène Van Marcke (UGent), Title: “The development of shared syntactic representations in bilinguals: Influence of second language proficiency in comprehension?”, Promotor: Prof. Dr. Robert J. Hartsuiker

The winner will be announced at our annual meeting in Leuven on Friday 3rd of June 2022.

Also this year, the quality of the application was very high. The EC therefore wants to congratulate each and every applicant for their excellent work. As an association that promotes psychological science in Belgium, we can only be delighted to see that our junior psychological scientists are performing at such high scientific level.

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