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Dr Sylvie Serpell

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences)


PhD Plymouth University


MSc Psychological Research Methods, Plymouth University

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Plymouth University

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

Member of the Cognitive Section of the BPS

Grants & contracts

2015: Grindley Grant award to attend Leeds meeting of the EPS(April)

2015: Grindley Grant award to attend London meeting of the EPS(January) 

2012:  Grant for £10,000: Investigating Student Attendance from a Psychological and   Pedagogical Perspective.   Awarded to Serpell, S. (P.I.), Bacon, A. & Wang, X.   Funded by the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory at Plymouth University.

2004: School of Psychology, Plymouth University 3+1 funded place on MSc/PhD programme.

Research groups

  • Cognition


Morsanyi, K., Handley, S.J. & Serpell, S. (2012).Making heads or tails of probability. An experiment with random generators.  British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Morsanyi, K., Handley, S.J., and Serpell, S.M.P. (2011).    Undoing the side-effects of statistics education. Developing training methods to eliminate the equiprobability bias.  HEA Publication.


Alkhanfari, K., Serpell, S., Etchells, D.,& Johnston, R.A. (2015).  Evidence for face recognition units from transfer effects between different facial expressions encountered during unfamiliar face learning.  BPS Cognitive Section Conference, 1-3 September, 2015, University of Kent.

Serpell, S.M.P., Handley, S.J.  & Newstead, S.E. (2015).   The search for counterexamples and alternative models on spatial transitive inference tasks. Experimental Psychology Society, Leeds meeting, 8-10 April, 2015.

Morsanyi, K., Handley S.J., and Serpell, S.M.P. (2009). Developing training methods to eliminate the equiprobability bias.  Higher Education Academy Conference,Cardiff, 22-24 July, 2009.

Morsanyi, K., Handley S.J., and Serpell, S.M.P. (2009).  Undoing the side-effects of statistics education. School of Psychology Conference, University of Plymouth,26 May, 2009.

Serpell, S.M.P., Handley, S.J. & Newstead, S.E.(2007). The differences between formal and everyday   reasoning.  School of Psychology Conference, University of Plymouth, June, 2007.

Serpell, S.M.P., Newstead, S. E.  & Handley, S.J. (2006). Necessary and Possible Inference:  The role of counterexample search. Experimental Psychology Society, Plymouth meeting, 10-12 July, 2006.

Serpell, S.M.P.  (2004). Problem solving strategies observed in Syllogistic Reasoning.  SouthWest Undergraduate Conference, Exeter University, March 2004.