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Psychology graduate students present research

Topics ranged from Facebook usage to normalised drug use

By Lee Pinkerton

MSc Psychology students were given the opportunity to show off their research at a poster presentation event in May at the University of East London (UEL).

Students Dorota Filipowicz, Safa Aurangzeb, Gavin James, Frances-Eve Speedie, Janelle Spira, Aaisha Ahmed, Sinead Conlan, Louise Jones, Emma Oliva, Matthew Hunt, Gwyneth Davis, Christina Smith, Anne Hepworth, Imogen Johnson, Carys Todd,  Bethan Lewis And Alicja Pytlik displayed posters detailing their research.

Topics included the effect of water on fine motor skills in primary school pupils; the role of appearance comparisons on Instagram; the effect of using either paper or iPad on reading accuracy in primary school children; the culture of normalised drug use in commercial kitchens;  and if Facebook usage and exposure has an impact on feelings of depression and anxiety.
The poster presentations were followed by a lecture from Professor Fary Cachelin, UEL Pro Vice-Chancellor for Community and Civic Engagement and Dean of the College of Applied Health and Communities. Professor Cachelin discussed eating disorders, her area of expertise. 
Dr Mary Jane Budd, the MSc Psychology Programme Leader, said, “The 2nd Annual Conference for MSc students in the School of Psychology reflected the breadth and depth of quality research that is being carried out in the School at UEL.
“The students presented their studies with confidence and knowledge, and this event has given them a good opportunity to discuss their work with academic staff and current and past students. I hope that many of them will now consider writing their studies up for journal publications.