• Question: If you had to say something to a group or teenagers to inspire them to go into your scientific field what would it be?

    Asked by anon-235997 to Tom, Rachel, Priya, Jessica, Dan, Beatrice on 9 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Priya Silverstein

      Priya Silverstein answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      I think the coolest thing about developmental psychology is getting to study things you’d never think you’d be able to:

      Who do babies trust more?

      Are kids more selfish or more altruistic?

      Can you predict what kind of adults babies will be?

    • Photo: Beatrice Hayes

      Beatrice Hayes answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      The internet is so important in our lives now and research is suggesting that there are both social and biological differences between generations. If you’re interested in what these differences may be become a scientist and research it for yourself!!

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      Tom Gallagher-Mitchell answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      My research is centered on numbers and maths, and i would aim to demistify some of the issues around math anxiety to show that you can manage this. I would also like to highlight that being confident (not necessarily the best) with numbers is setting you up for life with a skill you can apply to a range of contexts. I did some research last year with a student looking at younger and older adult financial decision making (a really important skill to have related to pensions, mortgages, savings etc) and we found that math anxiety particularly for young people really impacted these decisions. So I’d like to find some more ways to reduce MA and build confidence

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      Jessica Pope answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      Every day we wake up, for some it’s the best day of their lives and for others it’s the worst. They may have an accident, succumb to illness, get injured and see their world turned upside down in a matter of moments. Working in my field means you have the opportunity to provide this person the best chance to psychologically adapt and prepare themselves to this new version of life that they now have to deal with. We can put the pieces back together and make them feel like themselves again

    • Photo: Dan O'Hare

      Dan O'Hare answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      Everyday you have the opportunity to do good. To listen to someone in a way they haven’t been listened to before. To ask a question that has never been asked. To help someone really deepen their understanding of what is going on for them. Its a hugely privileged position with a lot of responsibility, but in this job you can make a huge difference even if it is only for one person.