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Dyedra Morrisey, a DPhil student from Prof Robin Murphy's Computational Psychopathology lab has won 2nd place in the "3 Minute Thesis" competition. Her talk covered her research into the Planning Fallacy, where people's expectations on the completion of tasks and meeting deadlines vary, often wildly. With a useful addition of real-life examples where the planning fallacy manifests.

Dyedra Morrissey won the 2nd place in the University of Oxford 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition earlier in May, and was awarded £100 in prize money. She is a final year DPhil student from the Computational Psychopathology Research Group led by Prof. Robin Murphy.

 The 3 Minute Thesis competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience." Each presenter is allowed one static power-point slide. 

Her DPhil research presentation was on the psychology of time perception and forecasting, especially looking at the phenomenon called “The Planning Fallacy”, which denotes the fact that we often underestimate how long tasks will take us. She spoke about her experimental findings in laboratory and real-life settings regarding the psychological and situational mechanisms underlying this phenomenon and how her research is relevant for large-scale business projects that often over-run their initial time horizons.