Jake DorothyBsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate
A final chapter revisiting topics from a critical perspective has been included to cater for this increasingly popular approach. Sample questions, assessment advice and exam tips drive the organisation within chapters so you are able to grasp and marshal your thoughts towards revision of the main topics.
Features focused on critical thinking, practical applications and key research will offer additional pointers for you in your revision process and exam preparation.
A companion website provides supporting resources for self testing, exam practice, answers to questions in the book, and links to further resources.
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'Gender' provides a helpful overview of the role of the biological and cultural in the creation of gender, allowing the reader to see how important both are in understanding our identities as gendered.
The book features a useful chronological examination of gender development; looking at infancy and early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. Important theoretical contributions to the study of gender are also reviewed, including social constructionism, psychoanalytic approaches and social learning theory. Furthermore the book includes examines chapters on historical and cultural variations in gender conceptualisations, offering a global and far-reaching understanding of the topic area.
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It presents an accessible introduction to the research methodology techniques that underpin the field of psychology: * Offers a unique narrative approach to introducing the complexities of psychological research methods to first year students * Introduces the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology - observation, experimentation and survey methods * Provides clear summaries of 21st-century published studies that reflect diversity and best illustrate issues in research methodology * Includes an emphasis on topics of most interest to students, from those with a personal perspective such as romantic relationships, prejudice and career decisions, to clinical topics including eating disorders, heavy drinking and paranoia * Features a comprehensive glossary of all research terminology used in the narrative.
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I chose to do the second year Work, Volunteering and Placement module with Safer Wales Inclusive Service. This involved one-to-one and group sessions with a focus on encouraging positive lifestyle choices to service users at risk of sexual exploitation.
I also volunteered at Whitchurch Hospital through a charity called Student Volunteering Cardiff, where I worked with adults who had an acquired brain injury. This was a really interesting experience as working in a clinical setting allowed me to see the difficulties patients with mental health issues face.
Both these volunteering programs helped me to develop many key skills, like working in a confidential manner in professional settings, understanding appropriate ways to communicate with both professionals and service users, and improving my confidence and ability to lead activities with service users.
I would definitely recommended getting involved in the amazing number of placement partners Cardiff Met has to offer. Not only will it help you develop important skills and be great for your CV, but most importantly it is really rewarding and helps you see psychology applied in the real world.
I began university with a history of poor grades – I had achieved very little academically and my motivation was poor – but as I progressed through my first year I learned that, despite past shortcomings, anyone is able to succeed so long as they choose to take an interest.
Psychology is fantastic at teaching people this idea from the very outset: theories on how people remember information, how they are motivated and, perhaps most importantly, how they learn, all help us to develop and grow and be more effortful. I found these ideas to be of particular importance because I attribute my success in university to the effort and time I put into the work.
This year I will be gaining experience as an Educational Psychologist Assistant whilst I apply for a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Thanks to Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University I now have a goal for my future that I had not previously thought possible.
During my degree I especially enjoyed modules related to cognitive psychology and research methods and statistics. There was something exciting about being able to discover first-hand how another person’s brain functions.
One of the most valuable experiences I had was being able to work with Hafal charity as part of my work and volunteering module in the second year. Hafal provide services for people with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders, and I was able to help patients acquire new skills to enable them to re-join the community after they came out of hospital.
My final year project ended up being about context processing in schizotypal and depressive traits, and it proved to be one of the best experiences I have had. Not only was the research literature enjoyable, but conducting the research in the labs was a thoroughly gratifying experience.
After I had written my dissertation I was offered a summer position as a Research Assistant, and I have now been accepted onto an MSc in Research Methods in Southampton.
About this time last year I came across a blog about a previous student’s experience of the Cardiff Met award and I was instantly inspired to do the same. The workshops I completed included: effective CV writing, promoting a positive image at an interview, equality and diversity, cultural awareness, and the perfect presentation.
Watching my employability page fill up with my achievements and work experience was a great way for me to appreciate the efforts I had been putting in. It is in no way overwhelming on top of all other university work, yet just enough to gain extra skills and expertise that will be valued by employers after graduation.
The past year has been wonderful. Receiving positive feedback and encouragement from anything that has been challenging feels incredibly rewarding. I had the honor of delivering my presentation at this year’s award ceremony, which felt really great. My thanks go out to this award and everybody involved in my university experience the past four years.
To become a practicing Psychologist has been my goal since I first started in the university. Though my desired area of practice has changed, my passion for the discipline has only grown, and I am thrilled to be continuing my studies this year as I pursue a Masters in Health Psychology.
My decision to stay at Cardiff Met was an easy one. After my experiences here as an undergraduate, I would not even consider study at another institution, and have full confidence that my development and transition into a practicing Health Psychologist will be guided by the lecturers I have grown so fond of. I would without a doubt recommend Cardiff Met to anyone wishing to study Psychology.
Ben StoneBsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate
Cherry-Anne Waldron Bsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate
The department of Applied Psychology holds regular research seminars, presented by both internal staff and external speakers.
This is a list of seminars for the 2016-17 academic year:
The Department of Applied Psychology has a number of specialist laboratories and a range of specialist equipment to support teaching and research. Continued investment in this area ensures our facilities are kept up to date and will continue to meet student needs in the future.
In addition to the university's main computer facilities, the Psychology department has its own dedicated computer laboratories running a variety of programmes such as the statistical analysis package SPSS and the non-numeric data analysis package NVivo. The computers can be set up with additional hardware such as the Biopac system or Cedrus response pads, enabling students to run psychological tests and collect their own data.
This space is a dedicated postgraduate research and teaching facility, and includes a well-equipped teaching area, computers for testing small groups, an observation suite, and research cubicles running the following hardware and software packages for use in postgraduate and undergraduate research projects.
CANTAB a set of 22 cognitive tests designed to assess a range of phenomenon such as memory, decision making, and impulse control.E-PRIME a suite of applications providing an easy-to-use environment for computerized experiment design, data collection, and analysis.NOLDUS OBSERVER XT event logging software for the collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data.NOLDUS FACEREADER software for the automatic analysis of facial expressions.BIOPAC allows students to record autonomic nervous system functions, including heart rate, skin conductance (also resistance), skin temperature, muscle tension (EMG), neuronal activity (EEG), and eye movement (EOG) from their own bodies, animals, or tissue preparations.TOBII TX300 EYE TRACKER an unobtrusive eye tracker for detailed research of natural behaviour, which allows the subject to move during tracking while maintaining accuracy and precision.ASL MOBILE EYE a mobile eye tracker, which can collect eye movements and point of gaze information during the performance of natural tasks outside the laboratory.SENSEWEAR 7 allows students to collect continuous and accurate physiological and lifestyle data from subjects via an armband and download the data for research or further analysis.
Our technicians are on hand to help students set up and use the facilities, as well as providing audio visual equipment and access to our library of Psychometric tests.
Visit the British Psychological Society web site
View the Higher Education Academy's Psychology web pages