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PhD student Martine Nurek wins US travel scholarship

Martine Nurek, third year PhD student supervised by Senior Lecturer Dr Olga Kostopoulou in the Medical Decision Making and Informatics Research Group, Division of Health & Social Care Research at King’s College London, has won a Jane Beattie Memorial Scholarship. 

Martine will travel to the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) annual conference in California later this year, to present her PhD to date.  The Jane Beattie Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the SJDM and the European Association for Decision Making. Only two scholarships were awarded this year, both to subsidise travel to North America for research-related purposes.  

Martine’s research, funded by the ESRC, is concerned with the phenomenon of ‘predecisional information distortion’ in the context of medical diagnosis.  She says, ‘I examine whether, how and why physicians’ evaluations of new patient data might grow biased to support a leading diagnostic hypothesis. I am particularly interested in the processes underlying this phenomenon, and the factors (individual and task-related) that may affect it. Identifying the processes that underlie bias in diagnostic decision making, as well as the factors that might exacerbate or mitigate it, could inform the training of medical students/clinicians and the design of diagnostic decision support systems.’