Psychology Active Research Day

On July 6th, University of Buckingham organised and hosted for the first time, an active research day specifically for our students. This day involved a number of lecturers who worked with small groups of students on a number of research activities. This allowed the students to experience both the university environment and also a variety of research activities.

With Dr. Masa Popovac students Kirsty Stapledon, Olivia Howe, Harry Ford, Hannah Featonby-Lyons and Jamie Hullock researched whether extraversion and agreeableness correlated with the number of friends on Facebook. A positive relationship was found between extraversion and number of Facebook friends but no relationship was found between agreeableness and number of Facebook friends, this would make an interesting topic for further research.

Amber McGrath, Cameron McBurnie, Amelia Lambert and Bradley Hicks with Dr Alan Martin carried out an observation of different attachment styles of infants who were living either in foster care or with their biological parents.

Charlotte Tattam, Charlotte Ashley, Imogen Wright, Gemma Masella and Andrew List with Dr Emily Doe, carried out a thematic analysis on the benefits of cognitive behaviour therapy and depression. They found that elements of the ‘process’ such as likability of the therapist, influenced whether the outcome was positive or not.

Finally, Bethany Thorne, Christopher Herbin, Tom Sherwood and Gabriella Bryans with Dr Gillian Hill, explored whether mobile phone use had a negative impact on teenagers memory. They found no effect, however, previous research has found a negative effect.

Not only did they provide us with an excellent learning experience we were also very well fed too with a steady supply of cakes, biscuits, drinks and Domino’s pizza for lunch. The staff were very helpful and supportive and the students thoroughly enjoyed the day.

I hope this will be the first of many such enjoyable days at Buckingham University. Thank you also to Miss Lay for coming with us.

Alison Kokuti
Teacher of Psychology