Children learn about Psychology at Weston Park Museum!

Saturday 31st October 2015  10am-4pm

Cartoon of parent and child squirrels

Over 500 people came along with their children to take part in demonstrations and activities that showcase how scientists study Psychology and Child Development.  Children as young as two right up to teenagers took part. Here are some of the things we did!

Attention & Control

We tried to control our behaviour and found out how we develop executive function skills

We found out that sometimes we are not smarter than a chimpanzee. This fun learning task was suprisingly difficult!

We watched brains at work - people observed their own brain activity with a portable EEG kit

Brain & Body Lab

We took apart models of the brain and learnt about their parts

We put together a healthy meal and learnt about digestion

We learnt about dental health and played at being a dentist!

We learnt about sleep habits in humans and different animals

Language & Communication

We interacted with Zeno the robot and guessed how he was feeling

We guessed how different animals communicate

We learnt about the different components of language

For participants in the Infant Development Study:

We also held thank you sessions for the families who took part in our recent study of infant development funded by the Nuffield Foundation.  The session involved an overview from Project Leader Danielle Matthews reporting our goals and some of our findings. Parents had the opportunity to look at posters featuring our results. These sessions were our way of saying a big THANK YOU to everyone for their hard work and commitment to the study!

Photos from the day

Child playing with toy mouth    Room with dental activities

Children trying to be faster than a chimpanzee   Children with Zeno the robot

Children pretending to be dentists  Child in dentist's white coat

Child's drawing of digestive tract  Room with dental activities  Demonration of animal communication

Demonstration of EEG kit

Thank you event for the Infant Development Study

If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Gemma Stephens (g.stephens@sheffield.ac.uk)