A competitive memory event: A novel approach for enhancing the understanding of cognitive psychology

Sarita Robinson, Debbie Pope

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Research suggests that students often have difficulties in applying abstract theoretical concepts to 'real world' situations (Kearsley and Shneiderman, 1998). Anecdotal student accounts and academic outcomes within the School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire suggest that a high percentage of our undergraduate students struggle to understand how the theoretical concepts underpinning cognitive psychology relate to their everyday experiences. In an attempt to address this 'barrier to learning' , the UK memory team (a group of competitive memorisers) was invited to give a demonstration of memorising techniques to Psychology students studying the BPS cognitive psychology curriculum at level 1 and 2. Students were then invited to take part in an inter-university memory competition. The event aimed to increase motivation and reduce anxiety in students studying cognitive psychology. In addition, the memory event also aimed to aid student development (linked to PDP) with practical information regarding revision techniques. This poster discusses the impact of this novel teaching instruction on student performance. It is envisaged that students taking part in this memory event will have a better understanding of the psychology of memory and will have a greater insight into the application of cognitive psychology in their everyday lives. This poster will also examine student motivation to participate in extra-curricular activities. Further, we will examine the impact that these events can have on student learning and the student experience in general.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventPsychology Learning and Teaching Conference - Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 2018 → …


ConferencePsychology Learning and Teaching Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/07/18 → …


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