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Psychology Live conference at Disney

Psychology Live conference at Disney

Psychology students have spent the first part of the week in Disneyland Paris at the Psychology Live conference.

The conference was a fantastic opportunity for students to explore the subject beyond the specification. The conference was presented by three psychologists who applied part of their talk to psychological challenges that students had taken part in around the theme park prior to the conference.

The first was the ‘psychology of fear’ presented by Dr. Apergis-Schoute from the University of Cambridge, she explained how humans acquire emotions, in particular fear, and how to extinguish negative memories and control over states. We then heard from Dr. Rosa Whalen from the Univeristy of Liverpool, her research focused on ‘appetite and obesity’. She explained her most recent research which investigated unhealthy food marketing to children and its effects on their eating behaviours. From the success of her research she has worked alongside the British Heart Foundation, the Children’s Food Campaign and the Obesity Health Alliance; It was very insightful for our students to see the application of research within the real world. Finally, Michelle Fletcher, HMP and YOI Doncaster, presented on ‘psychopathology and criminology’. Michelle drew on her 12 years of experience within the forensic and clinical settings of prisons. She focused on her experience of using CBT when conducting group and individual treatment interventions with offenders, focusing on management of aggression and anger, substance misuse, assertiveness training, depression and low self-esteem. Students found this lecture fascinating, they particularly enjoyed hearing about Michelle’s experiences which allowed them to see how the subject can come to life.

Head of Social Sciences Abby Heyes said “All in all we have had a fantastic time this week, not only have students come home with some Disney magic but also a greater appreciation for the subject and how it can be applied to the real world.”