News from Psychology

Friday, 10 February 2017

Insights into child and clinical psychology

Sixth form students were invited to attend twilight lectures presented by staff from the psychology department at Bedfordshire University. The first, focusing on developmental psychology, gave students an insight into the role of a child psychologist and brought to life up to date research in the field of child mental health. Students were enthused by a project which investigated the idea of ‘self’ in young children using ‘Mii’ characters with the Wii.
The second session gave students a brief outline of what clinical psychology is and how it is studied, and then went on to look at the role of a clinical psychologist.

‘During the session we took part in small interactive activities which were the kinds of tasks used in the practice of clinical psychology. I found the lecture interesting because not only did I gain an insight into what topics clinical psychologists study, I also came away with a greater understanding of what a future career in clinical psychology might involve.’ - Emily Nevill (Year 12)

Year 12 psychology students investigate…..does age affect memory?

Year 12 students were so inspired by their study of research looking at developmental changes in memory that they asked if they could devise their own practical looking at memory differences between young children and teenagers. After meticulously planning their investigation, two students from each class were chosen to visit the primary phase at Simon Balle School where some lovely Year 1 pupils helped them with their investigation. Back at school, Sixth Form participants were recruited to carry out the same tasks. The students were excited to see that their original hypothesis was supported: there was a strong significant difference between the memory of 5 and 6 year olds compared with 16-18 year olds, with teenagers being able to hold on average 2 more digits in their short-term memory!

‘The children were happy to help and really interested and excited to be taking part in the experiment. It was a brilliant experience to be able to work with the children and really interesting to find out that we’d discovered something significant!’ – Louise Davis, (Year 12)