How do humans work? Why and how are we different, and yet similar? How can we interpret the differences between us? How do we see, interpret and interact together? This weekend includes four themes: Memory, Social interaction, Personality, and Positive Psychology.
This weekend school begins by looking at cognitive processing: our attention, memory and recollection are part of one system, and we will see some examples of how this system can be fooled! We investigate several models of memory and show how each of them can explain memory performance effects
Our second theme looks at humans in social situations, where we will see how subtle processes such as peer pressure and majority influence have big effects on our behaviour -in ways which may be unconscious.
The third theme introduces students to the study of Personality: how are we all different? What effects does that produce on our behaviour? – A light-hearted look at how these differences play out in real situations and some tips on how to get along!
Finally we will introduce the new science of Positive Psychology, and why changing your world view using a few simple steps can lead to increased happiness and wellbeing.