Year 12 enter Royal Holloway Psychology Competition

2018 Royal Holloway Psychology Competition

Two teams of year 12 TGS students recently went to the Royal Holloway University to compete in their annual psychology competition. This national competition is requires student to show excellent communication and presentation skills, an understanding of the key concepts of psychology as well as originality and creativity. 

This year the research question we presented was "How Can Psychology Make the World a Better Place?" Our group, which was made up of Gabriel, Tatiana, Nafisa, Poppy  and I looked at neural networks, artificial intelligence and 'synthetic, online counsellors'. The other group consisting of Amber, Isha, Rebecca and Lucy explored Virtual Reality Therapy in the treatment of mental health disorders. We had to make a three-minute informative video and an A1 poster explaining our research. 

We presented them to a panel of judges and experts in the field of Psychology, who asked us taxing questions which we responded to. We also had the opportunity to question them on their opinions too! 

During the day we also had the opportunity to attend a lecture presented by one of the professors at the university who spoke about his research on cyber security and cultural prejudices in society. There was also a stall run on behalf of the British Psychological Society who told us about their work. 

Unfortunately we were not placed in the competition but we thoroughly enjoyed our time researching, being part of the competition and talking to other students from the university and from other schools around the country. We were up against stiff competition but the other presentations were very interesting to watch. Members of all teams received certificates of achievement. 

Overall we had a fantastic experience and I would thoroughly recommend any psychology students to take part if they get the opportunity or to at least visit the university. Thank you to Miss Cachia for organising it and Mr Ellis for helping us with the posters! 

Written by Lucie , Psychology Assistant Subject Leader