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Posted: 18/04/13

Students are on a winner with their grey matter

Psychology students at West Nottinghamshire College have been praised for their brain power in a competition run by the University of Nottingham.

The biomedical science department at the University of Nottingham set AS Level Psychology and Biology students across the county the challenge to produce a poster for Brain Awareness Week (11-17 March).

At the college 70 students on the AS Level Psychology course were given a brief by the university to help them prepare their designs. Themes that could be used to produce the poster were mental health, dementia, the senses, stroke and stroke rehabilitation, pain, how we look at the brain and brain injury.

Two groups of students have been thanked for their competition entries and presented with runner-up prizes of gift certificates and cheques at the University of Nottingham.

Jessica Smith-Launay (16) and Cristal Collinge (16) produced a poster based on mental health disorders and how they can be treated, while Amy Shackleton (17) and Holly Riley (16) based their poster on anxiety disorders.

Psychology tutor Andrew Allen said: “This was an interesting challenge for our students and enabled them to be both creative and apply their research skills into discovering how complex the human brain is.

“I was delighted to see how well our psychology students worked on this project and was particularly proud of the students’ posters which were selected as runners-up in the competition.”