I love learning about how the interaction of our environment alongside complex brain activity can influence how people behave
Psychology has always been a subject that massively interests me and the rise in research concerning public mental health makes it an extremely practical topic to study. I love learning about how the interaction of our environment alongside complex brain activity can influence how people behave and how certain triggers can develop specific conditions.
Studying at the University of Sheffield has enhanced my interest in the subject by offering me the opportunity to research in depth at a scientific level.
Studying Psychology and working on this specific project has really opened my eyes as to how important it is for people to view mental health in the correct light
I chose to focus my dissertation on looking at public perceptions of people with autism, as it allowed me to research something that I believe is a current problem with an awaiting solution.
This project tested a new hybrid model, combining the techniques of ‘Imagined Contact’ and ‘Counter-Stereotyping’ on stereotypes of people with autism and gave me the opportunity to work alongside other students with Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL).
I have thoroughly enjoyed researching this topic as I believe there are still many barriers regarding to how society behaves around those with mental health problems and I would like to help reduce this stigma.
Working with supervisors from ShARL enabled me to keep on track with all elements of my research, from data collection to structuring a concise lab report, whilst inspiring me to explore more of the scientific research that goes on within this field.
After finishing my undergraduate degree I will begin working within Sheffield Students Union as Activities Officer where I am planning to launch a campaign to help increase the awareness of mental health amongst the student population.
Studying Psychology and working on this specific project has really opened my eyes as to how important it is for people to view mental health in the correct light.
I would like to continue studying Psychology at a Masters level after this role and hopefully expand upon increasing public awareness towards mental health. The research skills I have developed alongside this project will be invaluable towards reaching my goals.
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