Technological advances mean virtual reality has gone from a clunky gimmick to the next stage of human-computer interaction and social engagement. Whole worlds can be explored without leaving the room and people can experience others’ perspectives at the flick of a virtual switch. Richard Weatherall, Senior Psychology Technician at CCCU explores current research in the realm of VR.
My expensive and occasionally dangerous fascination with science goes back to my childhood. In those pre-Internet days, before TED Talks about the power of introversion, YouTube videos of science tricks, and the ever-awesome Wikipedia, the broadcast documentary output of the BBC was the only way to see science in action, and—in one of the poorest areas of Cornwall, almost two hours’ drive from the nearest university—get a sense of what scientists looked like and how they talked about their work.
Talking to young people about the media’s portrayal of “teenagers”
You may have heard of Universities Week (9-15 June 2014). This is a week where universities across the UK invite everyone to be inspired, get involved and discover the work that we are doing to improve the way we live our lives. This year, there were several activities that took place throughout the UK–including one by us here at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Last Wednesday, we held a Psychology themed event at our award-winning library, Augustine House. Year Eight pupils from local Canterbury secondary schools attended the event.