Psychology students present research at BPS Welsh Branch Conference

Students from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have presented their research at this year’s British Psychological Society’s Welsh Branch Student Conference.

Minna Ventsel BPSA group of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Psychology presented at the prestigious event which was held at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Swansea campus on 23rd April.

Third year BSc Psychology students Minna Ventsel, Nina Baker and Spencer Delf along with Jennifer Thomas and Nicola Wray who are studying on the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology took part in the event, which is specifically aimed at students receiving degrees from Welsh institutions.

Minna Ventsel delivered a poster presentation on her unique research into whether a defendant’s responsibility for his acquired brain injury affects mock jurors’ verdict and sentencing recommendations in a diminished responsibility case.

She said: “I was glad when the BPS accepted my project to be presented at the conference, because I always seek opportunities to get out of my comfort zone. I knew it was a good choice to attend the conference and I wasn't disappointed. It was interesting listening to other projects from various fields of psychology and look at other people's poster creations. There were so many creative ideas which make you think that psychology truly is a wide field of science with infinite research areas.

“Attending a conference, and especially presenting there, is always beneficial, no matter what field you go into. Also, looking at a poster of your research makes you feel good, because it summarizes all the hard work that was put into the study!”

Nina Baker BPS ConferenceNina Baker also presented her final year project on the effects of lifestyle choices in relation to stress, happiness and fluid intelligence for both active and inactive individuals.

She said: "The main finding is that healthy eating is positively associated with happiness: healthy = happy! 

"It was a great opportunity to attend the conference and very interesting to see what other topics students had chosen to do their dissertations on.  Attending this conference has encouraged me to look to attend similar future academic events as it was a very positive environment to be involved in. It was a great day and I would recommend other students to take advantage of the opportunity to present their work at future events."