What is PsychSlam?
Are you a TY student interested in psychology, performance or drama?
Would you like to learn more about how psychologists understand how people think, behave and feel?
The PsychSlam competition organised by the School of Applied Psychology invites TY student teams to research a topic in Psychology and present their findings in a 6 minute PowerPoint presentation.
All transition year students are invited!
We hope participating students will gain experience in team work, building and describing knowledge and enjoy talking about psychology with other students, researchers and psychologists.
PsychSlam is partnered with FameLab Ireland
In 2017 we were honoured to announce that FameLab would partner with UCC PsychSlam to showcase science communication by Transition Year students across Munster - a partnership that continued for PsychSlam 2018. Famelab is the biggest science communication competition in the world, with more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries. FameLab inspires, motivates and develops scientists and engineers to engage with people outside of their area of expertise.
The partnership grew, in part, from the remarkable success SoAP, and UCC has had in the annual FameLab Ireland competition. In 2015, Lisa Murphy, a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology was the winner of FameLab Ireland, and went on to represent Ireland at the Cheltenham Science Festival. In the same year Dr Gillian Murphy, also of SoAP, was selected as the Audience Choice winner, as well as being placed third, and Ruairi Robertson of the School of Microbiology UCC and Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre placed second, and so UCC swept the board! The pattern of excellence in science communication traces from the winning talk by Dr Fergus McAuliffe (UCC BEES) in 2013 to the 2016 win by Niamh Kavanagh (UCC Tyndall Institute). Lisa, Gillian, Ruairi, Fergus and Niamh were all completing their PhDs at UCC when they competed and their performances showcase the fun, intrigue and wonder of science, and their performance can be viewed here.
In 2017 several members of UCC SoAP competed in the Munster heats of FameLab and Marica Cassarino, currently completing her PhD in SoAP, came second and will compete in the National FameLab Final in February, only a few weeks after the PsychSlam competition. You can watch this live online but follow @Famelab_Ireland to keep up with the news.