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Do you want to interest young people in psychology?

05 April 2017

If you do, then you should consider taking part in 'I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here'.

I am a Scientist is an online event where scientists meet and interact with school students. It’s an X Factor-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges.

Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live chats. They ask the scientists anything they want and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

James Gudgeon, a psychologist who won the Decision Zone in the most recent running of I’m a Scientist, said afterwards:

“I'd like to say a big thank you on behalf of my fellow scientists and I. We all had so much fun chatting with everyone through 'I'm a Scientist' - students, teachers, moderators, and other scientists. We feel like your questions were great - we really had to think concisely and creatively about some of our answers. You certainly kept us on our toes.

You, the students and schools that took part did so with a great deal of excitement, enthusiasm, and eagerness - and helped us to tackle questions ranging from why we dream to how much alcohol the brain can handle, and from how language can influence subjective experience to how we make decisions when we need to wee!

Through your questions, you gave us a glimpse of how your minds are working: what's happening in your Science lessons at the moment, what's truly important to you, and also how you're all using science or a scientific approach to explore and investigate our world.

You also gave us all the opportunity to look at questions related to our own fields from new perspectives, or tied together two different perspectives that we might not have previously considered. This is exactly how science gets better!”

You can find out more about I’m a Scientist, including how to apply to take part, on the competition’s website.

Psychologists' involvement in I'm a Scientist this year is being supported by a public engagement grant from the British Psychological Society.

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