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UCLan appoints new Dean of Psychology

11 December 2012

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International researcher Professor Linden Ball joins the University

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has recently appointed Professor Linden Ball as the new Dean of the School of Psychology.

Prior to joining UCLan Professor Ball was Head of Psychology at Lancaster University, during which time he maintained an international research profile in the area of human reasoning and decision making.

His current research focuses on understanding the biases and errors that arise from people’s tendencies to engage in fast, intuitive thinking. He conducts both laboratory-based research as well as studies of real-world reasoning, particularly in expert domains such as professional design practice.

Professor Ball commented on his appointment: “I am delighted to have joined UCLan - a truly aspirational, international University. I look forward to leading the School of Psychology as it moves to new heights of excellence in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, student experience and internationalisation.

“I am especially committed to ensuring that research of outstanding originality and quality continues to develop as a hallmark of the School, underpinning inspirational teaching and learning experiences for students, advanced theoretical developments in the psychological sciences and high-impact applied work in the public interest.”

"I look forward to leading the School of Psychology as it moves to new heights of excellence in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, student experience and internationalisation."

Professor Ball is currently an associate editor for two international journals: Thinking & Reasoning and Journal of Cognitive Psychology. He is also on the editorial board of CoDesign, and has recently been invited to take a position on the editorial board of Design Studies, the premier international journal for design research.

In addition, he is editor of the Taylor & Francis book series entitled Current Issues in Thinking & Reasoning. He currently enjoys fulfilling a range of external duties in his role as elected Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Psychology Section.