High school students to benefit from psychology workshop

May 10, 2011

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More than 200 high school students from across Perth will be visiting Murdoch University on Thursday, May 12, to find out more about psychology, the related courses offered and associated careers.

Staff members from the School of Psychology will be giving interactive talks about different topics including why Facebook and MySpace are so popular with young people.

A demonstration from cognitive psychology about the brain processes that underlie our thoughts will also take place, and there will also be a presentation in developmental psychology with a demonstration focusing on the important and critical developmental period of adolescence.

The students will be given the opportunity to take part in activities, as well as taken on a tour of the psychology building to find out more about studying the subject at Murdoch.

Organiser Dr Bethanie Gouldthorp, who is a neuro-linguistics expert, said the purpose of the day was to give students a taster of the exciting learning and career opportunities which can begin with a psychology degree.

“The workshop will give us the opportunity to showcase all that we can offer at Murdoch and it will also benefit the students because they will experience campus life as well as gaining some idea of what university-level psychology is like,” she said.

“We also hope the workshop will help to build relationships with schools so that Murdoch psychology staff can better engage, collaborate with and support high school teachers of psychology in the future.”

It is hoped the workshop will become a regular event on the Murdoch calendar with workshops for high school students held each year.

The schools sending pupils to the open day are Corpus Christi College, Comet Bay College, Applecross SHS, Canning College, St Norbert College, Hamilton Hill SHS and Willetton SHS.

Media contact: Jo Manning
Tel: (08) 9360 2474  |  Mobile: 0408 201 309  |  Email: j.manning@murdoch.edu.au
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