Listening to speakers who have lectured at the likes of University College London, Harvard and Bristol has given me a much clearer idea of what it would be like to study psychology at university. Their insights surprised me as to how broad and varied the subject is.
Professor Cathy Craig from Queen’s University Belfast spoke about the link between perception and action, and how this related to sport and health. She talked extensively about research which she had carried out using virtual reality environments and how it could be used in the treatment of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, and how by simulating the sounds of walking on gravel and playing it to Parkinson’s patients while they were walking their walking ability significantly improved (an example of paradoxical kinesia).
Another speaker, Dr Andrea Oskis spoke about relationships, stress, wellbeing and the role of parents. She talked about different kinds of attachment which people form and how these can be heavily influenced by parental relationships, taking the mother-daughter relationship as an example. She also spoke about how she had used saliva samples to establish the levels of cortisol in teenage girls, after interviewing them to assess their type of attachment, explaining how cortisol level patterns related to attachment and stress.
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