SAFE Student Spotlight: Brian London '23

Brian London '23, M.A. Experimental Psychology
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2022

Project: "Can People Learn to Use the Inner Crowd? Testing Strategies to Improve Numeric Estimates"

London received a Fall 2022 Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund grant to attend the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Meeting in San Diego, California from November 10-13, 2022. At the conference, London presented his research poster, titled "Can People Learn to Use the Inner Crowd? Testing Strategies to Improve Numeric Estimates," and learned about groundbreaking research on judgment and decision-making being conducted across the world.

While in San Diego, London was able to meet and collaborate with other researchers. "It gave me confidence as a researcher and presenter," shared London, who plans to return to the conference to present additional research this year. "I am grateful to the SAFE Fund donors for giving me the opportunity to attend the conference last year," he added.

London graduated with his Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology in August 2023. In April, he received the 2023 Domer Graduate Student Research Award from the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies. London's research was advised by Dr. Andrew Smith, professor in the App State Department of Psychology.


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Written by Autumn Dagenhardt
Edited by Lauren Andersen

October 3, 2023

Brian London '23
Published: Oct 3, 2023 11:00am