Psychology students open their minds in Chichester

38 Lower Sixth Psychology students explored the power of the brain on a trip to the University of Chichester earlier this month. Mini lectures explored topics such as mindfulness and health through to supporting children when a parent is in prison. There was also a chance to witness how virtual reality (VR) is used in psychological research.

Bryony Turpin, teacher of Psychology at Reigate College added, “Our students really enjoyed the tech demo when students wearing the VR headset saw the impact that perception can have. They had very physical responses – such as wobbling and an increased heart rate – when they simulated walking along a plank at the top of a skyscraper.

“Our students had lots to say in the session led by Dr Dan Connolly which focused on reliability and the importance of being able to reproduce findings consistently within scientific study. These are important topics in the A Level syllabus, so it was a great chance to speak to a practising expert. Thanks to all the staff at Chichester for making the visit so stimulating.”

Student using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset

Photo credit: University of Chichester

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