University of Worcester Showcase at Cheltenham Science Festival

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Psychologists from the University of Worcester will be showcasing some of their pioneering research at this week’s famous Cheltenham Science Festival.

Dr Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences at the University will explore how modern technology, such as touchscreen tablets, can have a positive impact on improving the quality of life for people with dementia. 

The session, taking place today, 4th June, is based on a recent study carried out by researchers at the University from the Association of Dementia Studies and Psychological Sciences.  The study found that touchscreen tablets can help people to recall experiences in their lives through music and pictures and can aid interactions between families, carers and those with dementia.

Dr Jones said: “By using the touchscreen devices on a daily basis, either one-to-one or in group sessions, carers could easily discuss life histories and use the internet to bring back childhood memories. People really enjoyed the use of the technology and were engaged by how much it evoked early memories that had been forgotten.”

From Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June, psychologists from the University will also be in Area 42 presenting exciting research in forensic and cognitive psychology at the festival and giving the public an opportunity to try out real psychology experiments and engage in reasoning tasks. 

Dr Penney Upton, Head of Psychological Sciences at the University of Worcester, said: “Cheltenham is the UK’s most well-known and respected science festival. We are delighted to be able to represent the University at this prestigious event. It is an excellent opportunity to show people the great work we are doing and the impact psychology can have in the real world.”