Society Welsh Branch is demonstrating psychology experiments at the Eisteddfod

Visitors to this year’s National Eisteddfod will be able to take part in demonstrations of classic psychology experiments in the Science and Technology Pavilion. The shows will be put on by members of the British Psychological Society’s Welsh Branch with the help of a public engagement grant from the Society.

This year’s Eistedfodd takes place in Wrexham and the psychology demonstrations will take place daily at 3 p.m. from Saturday 30 July to Saturday 6 August. The Science and Technology Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions at the event, regularly attracting more than 27,000 visitors over the week.

Wynford Bellin, chair of the branch says: “We hope to give people a deeper appreciation of the scientific nature of the way that psychologists study human behaviour and to awaken interest in the subject among both adults and children.

Also at the Eisteddfod, the Society's Division of Clinical Psychology has staged a round-table discussion of the provision of appropriate mental health interventions for Welsh-speaking service users.

The Society’s Welsh Branch has a history of public engagement activities at the Eisteddfod. In 2007, again with the help of Society public engagement grant, members contributed to the building of a massive model brain. It is now housed by the Wales Institute for Cognitive Science at the School of Psychology in Bangor.