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A spoonful of sugar tax helps the weight come down?

A spoonful of sugar tax helps the weight come down?

Louise Foley and Samantha Dockray Louise Foley is a graduate of the UCC Bachelor of Applied Psychology (2017) and is currently completing an MSc Health Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, UK. Samantha Dockray is a Lecturer in Biological and Health Psychology in University…

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Summary of SOAP’s community engagement event: Back from the Brink: Research and Practice in Addressing Homelessness

Summary of SOAP’s community engagement event: Back from the Brink: Research and Practice in Addressing Homelessness

The School of Applied Psychology in association with Cork Simon Community hosted the first event in UCC’s 2017 Community Engagement week which kicked off with Dr Sharon Lambert’s organised event entitled ‘Back from the Brink: Research and Practice in Addressing Homelessness’. The half-day symposium ran…

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Three-Day Transition Year Event Part II

Following on from our last post on the recently held three-day Transition Year Event at the School of Applied Psychology, here are some more thoughts from students who took part. The event aimed to provide a broad overview of what a degree in Applied Psychology…

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Three-Day Transition Year Event

Three-Day Transition Year Event

The School of Applied Psychology recently held a three-day Transition Year Event for secondary school students to provide a broad overview of what a degree in Applied Psychology entails and an idea for the type of research that is carried out in the School. Some…

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Mental health volunteer work in Sri Lanka

Mental health volunteer work in Sri Lanka

By Jessie Newsome Jessie Newsome is completing the BA in Applied Psychology, and is in her second year. Jessie is committed to highlighting the need for mental health services, and this summer she will travel to Sri Lanka to volunteer in an organisation that provides…

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PsychSlam 2017

PsychSlam 2017

In 2015 The School of Applied Psychology celebrated 50 years of teaching, research and service in University College Cork.  We commemorated this milestone in a number of ways, including events and activities that showcased graduates, researchers and School members who had been part of the…

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Applied Psychology in a Community Context

Applied Psychology in a Community Context

By Mary Tobin     In the swampy lowland, messy, confusing problems defy technical solution.  The irony of this situation is that the problems of the high ground tend to be relatively unimportant to individuals or society at large, however great their technical interest may…

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I’m Still Here

I’m Still Here

by Aoife O’Leary   The ability of people with dementia to recall familiar melodies and song lyrics is uniquely paradoxical, as dementia is most notably typified by a progressive decline in the cognitive faculty of memory, while research has shown that memory for music is…

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Can being too good be bad?

Can being too good be bad?

By Niamh  Ni Shuilleabhain   ‘‘Oh my arms aren’t as big, as his, he’s gone ten abs, I didn’t know you could have ten.” –Palmer (2016) It would appear that obsession with diet, fitness and body image is no longer a predominantly female issue. This…

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War of Attrition: A Lab story

War of Attrition: A Lab story

By Shane Galvin In psychology aggression is defined as the willingness to cause harm to another. This harm view is a highly contested definition of aggression and academics don’t seem to be able to really agree on what aggression is (for example, see back and…

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