The Psychology Department recently attended two conferences in London.
The first trip was with GCSE pupils to listen to six speakers. They met Forensic Psychologist, Peter Lovatt, known as Dr Dance when appearing on television, who was discussing high profile prisoners that had received psychological support. Peter Lovatt told the pupils how he taught himself to read at the age of 20 through the use of poetry and is currently carrying out postdoctoral research into the power of dance. Pupils were also taught about new research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, during which people can be described as ‘a little bit Autistic’. Neuroscience doctor, Dean Burnett, who is also a comic went on to discuss the tricks our brains play on us.
The second trip involved A-level pupils travelling to Cambridge to listen to three Oxbridge academics; Dr Lucy Blake who spoke about Attachment Theory, Dr Paul Wilkinson who discussed depression and anxiety and Dr Ann Mitchell whose specialism is the memory.
Two extremely interesting days that gave pupils a taste of university life and an opportunity to listen to leaders of research in the field of Psychology.