PsychSlam is an annual competition held by the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. The event gives Transition Year students the opportunity to gain experience with the discipline of psychology by researching a psychological topic of their choice and delivering a presentation to staff and students at UCC. One the fun and challenging aspects of PsychSlam is that the teams must use the PechaKucha method of presentation. With this method, students must condense their delivery to twenty slides of twenty seconds each in length. School teams are supported by mentors from the School of Applied Psychology, who offer guidance on readings and presentation style.
In 2015, nine schools from across Cork city and county took part in the inaugural event and were judged by selected staff and students of the School of Applied Psychology. Presentation topics ranged from the reliability of eye witness testimonies to the nature of online friendships and the neuroscience of love. This well attended event also heard of the psychological attributes which make Roy Keane mentally tough and how seeing altered selfies can make you reconsider your health habits. Prizes were awarded for the top three schools along with an audience choice award.
The location of the competition at the heart of the UCC campus gave students a taste of university life and a chance to explore the environs of the college grounds. The students had a great day and had the opportunity to talk with current psychology students and staff, and to find out more about Applied Psychology as a course, and as a career.
Psychslam offers a unique opportunity for prospective students to engage with both psychological subject matter and researchers in a third level environment. The School of Applied Psychology enjoys strong relations with Cork’s secondary schools and looks forward to hosting PsychSlam again in 2016.