PsychSoc offers year 13 & 14 pupils the opportunity to explore psychological concepts, debates and approaches through the use of film, documentaries and guest speakers. Pupils do not have to study A level psychology to attend. Films and debates are normally held every other month on a Tuesday after school in the lecture theatre, where popcorn is provided!!
Guest speaker talks tend to be during lunch, and the most recent speaker, Dr. Sarah Riley, a Reader in Psychology at Aberystwyth University and identity researcher, discussed how we make sense of ourselves, particularly in relation to health, gender, bodies, appearance and social groups, such as youth cultures, through her talk entitled;
‘If looks could kill: The social aspect of body image and how we might use that to build resilience’.
Members who study psychology are also eligible to enter the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society’s A Level Research Competition, which this year three teams entered and our year 14 won. These pupils have now been invited to present their research at the NI Branch Annual Conference. Participation in this section of PsychSoc involves commitment to a weekly meeting to review research progress after school on Wednesdays and on occasion during lunch. Needless to say last year’s competitors gained a huge amount from this experience and thoroughly enjoyed it.