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Why psychologists should take part in I’m a Scientist

19 July 2018

The winners of last month’s two BPS-sponsored zones in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here have been looking back on the experience.

Daniel Jolley from Staffordshire University, the winner of the Society zone, said:

“Taking part in I’m a Scientist has been so much fun. The chats were so lively, but also so addictive! Thirty minutes went by so quickly. They were also so varied; chatting to Year 12 one moment and then moving to Year 6. It took all my ability to ensure I was communicating at the right level and that everyone felt included in the conversations.”

He spoke about his plans for spending his £500 prize:

“I will curate a short animation that will highlight the darker side of conspiracy theories, which will be freely accessible. I will then plan a workshop using the animation where during school visits young people will become a ‘Conspiracy Theory Psychologist’ for the day.”

Sam Burton from the University of Liverpool, who won the Wellbeing zone, also spoke of his plans:

“I will either take part in a local science festival, share my research at Pint of Science or run a talk that students from local schools and colleges can come to, to see the work done in our research group.”

The next BPS-sponsored zones of I’m a Scientist will be held in November.

Daniel Jolley says:

If you are reading this as a fellow psychologist … wondering if you should take part in future events, then it is a big recommendation from me. It was such a busy, but amazingly fun and rewarding two weeks. There is nothing like it! I miss it already.



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