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Wednesday 20 November 2013 8:06am

Postgraduate student Min Hooi Yong conducts her research in Psychology with the help of a dog.

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the daylong Psycolloquy event tomorrow in the Mark Parker Seminar Room at University College.

Originally started in 1982 as the Department of Psychology's In-house Convention, the annual event was re-named Psycolloquy in 2005 and has become the Department's presentation day for students' research.

Psycolloquy 2013 Committee-member Dr Julien Gross says part of a graduate student's training is to learn how to effectively communicate with other researchers in their research area but also how to communicate their research findings to laypeople.

“Psycolloquy is a good opportunity for students to give a presentation to an audience of people with vastly different knowledge sets and backgrounds in a context that is welcoming and non-threatening,” Dr Gross says.

Presentations at this year's event will cover a wide range of topics including: a look at perceptions of schizophrenia among medical and psychology students; an explanation of differences in eyewitness recall; and an examination of delayed gratification in five-year-olds. A total of 18 presentations are planned throughout the day.

“I think that people will be surprised and intrigued by the range of questions that graduate students (and their supervisors) are interested in answering.”

Doctor, writer, and documentary filmmaker Dr Paul Trotman is the guest speaker for this year's event.

Best-known for his award-winning documentary, Donated to Science, Dr Trotman will present Story, emotion and science, a discussion of how to use commercial television to help communicate to research colleagues, funding agencies and the public.

Dr Gross hopes members of the University community and the public will take the opportunity to attend tomorrow's event.

“It's an easy way to get an understanding of what the study of Psychology encapsulates and to find out about the research being conducted in what is currently the top-ranked academic unit for research of any discipline in New Zealand.”

Read more about Psycolloquy and postgraduate research study in the Department of Psychology.

Event details:

Thursday 21 November 2013

Mark Parker Seminar Room, University College

8:30am - 5:00pm

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