The Psychological Society of Ireland



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PSI Special Award presented at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Three students from Loreto Secondary School, Wexford, were the recipients of the PSI Special Award at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which took place at the RDS from 7 - 9 of January. Sarah Shortle, Caoimhe Twomey and Clare O'Grady of the Loreto collected the PSI Special Award for their project entitled Investigating the impact on cognitive functioning before and after low intensity physical activity for teenage girls. 


 Dr Michele Coyle, PSI President Elect, presents the PSI Special Award at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS.

The PSI prize is awarded to the project with the best Social & Behavioural Science content, with particular attention being paid to evidence of the researcher’s interest in the study of psychology and pursuing it in third level education or as a potential career. This was the fourth year running that the PSI sponsored an award at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

The PSI also took a stand at this year's event at which the Society showcased mysteries of human perception through challenging Exhibition visitors to test their senses - smell, sound, vision and touch. The Society aimed to provide visitors with fun, interactive and scientific tests making visiting students question how perceptive their senses really were. What could they smell when blindfolded? Could they tell the difference between illusion and reality; could they really believe their eyes? As well as the senses of smell and vision, those brave visitors to the PSI stand were asked to take a risk to explore touch sensations and guess what was hidden in the depths of a series of boxes!

The PSI understands the importance of promoting the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst the young people of Ireland. Involvement with the BTYSTE provides the Society with the perfect opportunity to support the advance and growth of STEM subjects. The PSI believes in supporting the research and development of these young students and offers the PSI Special Award winner the opportunity to experience various aspects of psychology and the Society.


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