PsychSlam 2021 is online and we invite teams from Secondary Schools across Ireland to participate.

This year the event will be online; teams will submit a pre-recorded presentation, on a topic in psychology.

All teams will receive detailed guidance and support, including a live training session on how to prepare their talk, the topics and resources they can use to put their talk together.


Key Dates

March 20th
Deadline to Register
March 15th
Online Site Opens
March 25th
Live Online Training Event
April 30th
Deadline for Submissions
May 14th
Finalists Announced
May 26th
Live Online Final
pre-recorded presentations


Participating teams gain experience in teamwork and science communication, and build connections with other students, researchers and psychologists. Every year, students tell us that they have a wonderful experience learning about psychology and research, as well as how to present information to audiences in an informative and engaging manner.

Ten teams will be selected for the final.  Finalists will have an opportunity to revise and resubmit their presentation. 

The PsychSlam Final will be online with a hybrid  of pre-recorded team presentations, and live chat with other teams and the judging panel. 

We’re sure the new format will continue to provide the training, fun and experience that PsychSlam is known for!


Our Team

The event is led by Dr’s Gillian Murphy and Samantha Dockray. 

Gillian’s research interests primarily relate to understanding attention and memory in everyday scenarios. Much of her recent research relates to misinformation - assessing who is most susceptible to misinformation, how and when do false memories form in response to misinformation, and developing interventions to reduce harm. Gillian also has a particular interest in the ethics of misinformation research, including evaluating the effectiveness of our debriefing procedures.  Gillian is a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology and a member of the People & Technology research group.

Samantha is a psychobiologist, interested in the interactions between physiological and psychosocial processes that occur during childhood and adolescence, in relation to stress. Her work uses wearable technologies and digital interventions, laboratory research as well as measures of people’s behaivour, mood and experiences in their everyday lives. The research and community projects Samantha participates in are described at


Gillian and Samantha are members of several research networks and groups, as well as a range of science communication activities including:

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