Bristol 1958-1961, University London 1964-1966, Columbia University 1968- 1972
B.S. Physics, M.Sc. Nuclear Physics, Ph.D. mathematical psychology
Elliott Automation, Schools and Colleges, University of Hertfordshire
Freelance statistical consultant, postgraduate workshop facilitator Unoversity of Hertfordshire
Favourite thing to do in my job: Experiments on human performance How fast are people at anything? decisions, problem solving, running, rowing How effective are people at anything? smartphone or computer games, choosing best option, problem solving
A life-long scientist, curious about everything, active mentally and physically.
I live alone in London, since my inspiring husband died 2 years ago. I continue his interest in art and bric -a-brac and unusual objects from boot sales and even laboratories that are de-cluttering old but fascinating equipment.
Committed to community activity and volunteer to help older people get new skills: tablet, smartphone, computers. Also concerned about wider community, UK Europe and worldwide. So concerned about climate change, energy consumption and well being for all people.
Interested in using science and engineering to improve UK infrastructure in health, transport and telecommunications – broadband for ALL before current 6 th formers graduate or finish apprenticeships.
Love travel, reading, talking and indoor rowing in the gym.
Mathematical models of decision making; statistics, wearable computer,for life enhancement
Currently engaged in several research projects and statistical consultancy
Project 1. Getting and using best scientific evidence
There is much current hooha about experiments in psychology and medicine not being reliable. Many produce different results when repeated in other labs, maybe as many as two thirds. We our looking at how this is related to both the way the data is collected and the way it is analysed. A particular focus is how people decided on the criteria for accepting or rejecting evidence.
Project 2. Memory and Aging
Old style memory research is mostly about past events and information – like school work. This project investigates spontaneous memory of things that jump into one’s head like music and things we plan to do in the future. These kinds of memory are affected in different ways by disease and aging.
Project 3. Wearable computers
A new project on how wearable computers and associated appscan be used to help people achieve well specified goals.
Meta analysis, combining the results of many existing studies, to get better evidence for medical decision making and estimation of future needs.
My Typical Day
Work with RA on statististic, wriitng, analysing & lanning alone, gym, socialising
Breakfast watching TV news
Morning work with research assistant comparing ways of statistically analysing data. Use several statistical packages.
Lunch with friends & colleagues, maybe bag lunch eminar
Home writing and analysing results or planning new studies
Discuss statistical work by phone or skype
Hour at gym on indoor rower
Talk or go out with friends
What I'd do with the prize money
Prototype design of transport wheelchair access
I live in London with an excellent but aging underground transport network. I also use local rail stations in Hertfordshire and elsewhere. Most stations do not have wheelchair access – and wheelchair type access would also be enormously useful to parent with kids in buggies.
In my view almost all stations have sufficient space to install foldable stairlifts like those made by Stanna for home use. My idea is to promote a nationwide competition to design such lifts and possibly have local communities adopt a station to install the lifts.
Obviously, assessing demand is key to the project. So it would start with a survey on feasibility, desirability and key features.
This would need to be taken further by live inspection of the stations and by asking station users whether (a) they are in favour and (b) if they might help crowd source the costs for their local station.
Teh £500 would be spent on employing a facilitator for 30 hours at £15/hour to engage with pupils at 9 secondary schools serving 3 different tube stations to get the pupils to perform the feasibility analysis at the stations, and also ask. The facilitator would start with a 3 hour briefing session making use of results of survey, cost £50, before approaching schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, enthusiastic, socially commited
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Model of decision making bias
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Curiousity about how things work – from age 5 or less
Were you ever in trouble at school?
For talking and distracting everyone
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
How awful – don’t know
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
viewed total eclipse from small aeroplane
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health, long life, feeling useful
Tell us a joke.
I was reading a book on anti gravity – I found it hard to put down