Psychology Visit to Goldsmiths University

posted 15 Jan 2015, 07:12 by . WebResources Account   [ updated 6 May 2015, 02:36 ]
On the 26 June 2014, fourteen Year 12 Psychology students attended a Psychology taster day at Goldsmiths University. After a very long bus ride, the group, who was accompanied by Miss Pye, arrived at 10am to be greeted by one of the PhD students from the department.

The first session 
of the day was to hear what it is like to study Psychology at university and some of the different career paths you can follow with a Psychology degree. We then were taken on a short campus tour, where some of the students were amazed to find it contained a Costa Coffee and a Santander bank branch!

Once we returned back to the Psychology department, we were then treated to a number of lectures on current research being undertaken at the university. We first heard from a masters student who was researching into the relationship between ADHD and mathematical learning difficulties. The next lecture was from Dr Yulia Kovas, a leading researcher in Genetics and Psychology. She engaged our students into discussion around the influence of genetics on behaviour and different forms of measurement used in Psychology. Finally our last lecture of the morning was from another PhD student who presented her research on individual differences in spatial ability. During each of the lectures, our students engaged in discussions with their lecturers and asked some very interesting questions.

After our lunch break, students then had the opportunity to work in one of the laboratories to analyse data collected during a research study at the university. Students were able to access computer analysis programmes mainly used at degree level. The programmes were used to complete statistical tests on the data and to then interpret the results from them. Once this was complete there was a short time for discussion and then it was time to head home. All students had a very enjoyable day and many are now considering studying Psychology at degree level.

Miss M Pye
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