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William Nicholson
PhD student


Having completed both an undergraduate degree and a Masters in psychology at the University of Exeter I spent a year undertaking various research roles. These roles included work within the Exeter Psychology Department and Medical School, and with the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit at the University of Bristol. In 2016 I was awarded a +3 studentship from the ESRC working with Professor Frederick Verbruggen and Dr. Cris Burgess to investigate the use of response inhibition training to reduce risky driving and so improve road safety.

The long-term goal of the research is to develop an intervention in collaboration with industry partners to allow drivers to use such training in the real world, specifically aimed at traffic offenders.

I am also a Teaching Assistant for the BSc psychology programme at Exeter. I gained AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) status in July 2016.

Broad research specialisms:

The role of automatic processes in cognitive control; their formation, and how psychological interventions can be used to modify them to bring about safer behaviour. I am also interested in how such research can help tackle real world problems. 


Psychology, BSc (Hons) 1st, University of Exeter, 2011-2014
Psychological Research Methods, MSc Distinction, University of Exeter, 2014-2015

Contact details

AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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