Sleeping on the job: VCE Psychology Incursion
On Thursday 20th July the Unit 4 Psychology students were treated to a day of guest presenters who explored a range of psychological concepts.
The Epworth Sleep Clinic presented a highly engaging revision lecture on the Sleep unit. Students had the opportunity to view videos of patients with specific sleep disturbances and learned how to identify the different brain waves that are associated with the stages of sleep. Two students were also given the unique opportunity to experience a sleep study first-hand when they were fitted with electrodes and sent into a separate room to fall asleep. Not surprisingly, both of our volunteers managed to fall asleep – being a VCE student is very tiring! It was fascinating seeing the changes in their brainwaves as they dozed off!
The second presenter was William Kwan, who spoke about his work as a researcher in the areas of neural development, brain injury and repair, and brain plasticity. William outlined the many career opportunities available in scientific research and also shared the method and findings of specific research that he has been working on.
The final presenter for the day was Rob Atkins, an ex-Australian soldier and Police Officer. Rob was accompanied by his Assistance Dog, Jimmy, who very quickly became the centre of attention! Rob spoke openly and honestly about his ongoing battle with PTSD and anxiety, and the role that Jimmy plays in both monitoring and protecting his mental health. It was an emotional and inspiring presentation, and one that has paved the way for valuable discussions as we move into our unit on Mental Health.
Overall, the day was very rewarding and gave our students plenty to think about. Our many thanks to all the presenters… especially our favourite presenter, Jimmy the dog!