Psychology Trip to Reading University

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On Friday 11th November, aspiring Psychology pupils visited Reading University in the hope of gaining some insight into what a Psychology degree may entail. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by a PhD Psychology student, Ellie, who guided us through the Psychology laboratories and equipment. We were shown some of the latest Psychology apparatus, including an eye tracker which I was lucky enough to try out. The device was astounding and incredibly varied in application, allowing psychologists to pursue the eye tracker on a mélange of different topics, including consumer psychology and developmental psychology.

Following this, first year Psychology students gave presentations on how pressing problems dictated by the Malaysian government can be viewed and potentially fixed from a psychological perspective. Presentations included the problems experienced amongst the youth such as problems with lack of physical activity, ultimately leading to obesity and health issues. After the presentations we were privileged enough to be able to raise questions about studying Psychology in the future with the Head of Psychology, Dr Carmel, who provided fruitful advice as to what Universities may be looking for in candidates and post-graduate education.

The trip was a complete success and we would like to thank Mrs Tennant and Miss Rowlands for organising it, and also the University of Reading for hosting us.

Anya Aggarwal U6 BU

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