Encouraging girls into STEM subjects

Recent surveys have revealed that there has been a decline in the past year of girls choosing to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects at University. This is despite the fact that job vacancies in these subjects are constantly on the rise. Very few women are applying for these roles, which is no doubt due to the fact that women are not likely to study these subjects at University. It seems that we should be encouraging girls from a young age to engage with these exciting and innovative subjects.

At the OCEAN Lab we will be working with STEM-NET to promote our field of science to adolescents in schools around the country by joining their STEM Ambassador programme (see info http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/what-do-stem-ambassadors-do/ )

Oxford Science Week

Oxford Science Week is a new initiative being run by our developmental researchers during half term – 16th – 20th February. It has been designed to engage young adolescents – in years 7 & 8 – to learn more about science in a fun and interactive way.

Parents can book their children into a morning or afternoon session during half term week and bring them along to the department of experimental psychology. Activities will be organised in groups of about ten other children, who will be chaperoned by two researchers (DBS approved to work with children). We will be playing brain games designed to help children learn more about their adolescent brain – including pin the neuron on the brain and the brain piñata.

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Lauren Heathcote, BBC News

Attention Bias Modification for children with chronic pain

DPhil student Lauren Heathcote appeared on the BBC South Today news, talking about her new research on children with chronic pain. Lauren is conducting a large, randomised controlled trial of a novel computerised intervention, Attention Bias Modification, for children with chronic pain. The trial is funded by the UK-based charity Action Medical Research http://www.action.org.uk, and is taking place at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital. Lauren also appeared on BBC Radio Oxford to discuss her research: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027tvtv

Action Medical Research



Aspects of Personality

Elaine will be talking about Rainy Brain Sunny Brain’ or why some people are optimists and why some are pessimists to the National Women’s Register conference on “Aspects of Personality” in Salisbury on Saturday 25th October.

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Are there Cognitive Markers of Optimism and Wellbeing?

Elaine will be presenting a talk to the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Thursday 23 October at 1:00 pm. She will be asking “Are there Cognitive Markers of Optimism and Wellbeing?”

Happiness by Design

Elaine will be chairing a talk at the London School of Economics (LSE) by Professor Paul Dolan on his new book ‘Happiness by Design’ and a general discussion on “Happiness” on Wednesday 22 October. The event is in the Old Theatre, Old Building from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

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Irish Cancer Society

Elaine Speaks at Irish Cancer Society about women in science and the importance of ERC research funding for all.

Dr. Anne-Wil Kruijt

Dr Anne-Wil Kruijt

We are very pleased to congratulate our OCEAN member, Dr Anne-Wil Kruijt, on a successful defence of her PhD thesis

Radio New Zealand Interview

Elaine speaks on Nine to Noon Radio New Zealand National on the science of optimism and pessimism.

Listen to the podcast…