The University of Galway Psychological Society, also known as Psych Soc, is a society for students of psychology and anyone with an interest in what makes people behave the way they do.
Psych Soc is about introducing people to things they wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ordinarily come across in course readings and lectures. The society frequently holds talks in the university on a variety of topics. Previous talks include new and growing areas in the field, such as: forensic psychology; sports psychology and positive psychology. This gives people the opportunity to explore postgraduate and career directions by discovering where their interests lie.
Besides the academic side of things, we also organize get-togethers and trips abroad. The society gives people the chance to get to know their classmates a little better, but also allows people to meet students from other psychological societies, at events such as the Annual Congress of Psychology Students of Ireland. Psych Soc has also visited other psychological societies in Amsterdam and Cardiff, building immensely rewarding international links.
With international networking in mind, several members of the society are involved in EFPSA, the European Federation of Psychology StudentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Associations. EFPSA holds several events annually, with the goal of supporting cooperation and networking between students, academics and professionals. By organizing these events, EFPSA promotes European integration and greater standards of research in psychology, as well as providing a strong platform to represent European psychology students. EFPSA also publishes an academic journal, the Journal of European Psychology Students, which gives students the opportunity to publish research findings.
Volunteering and social awareness are important to our society, which works in conjunction with NUIGÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ALIVE program. Previous events which support mental health interest groups and charities include: A table quiz in aid of Spunout.ie, a website which offers information about mental health and social issues for young people; and an awareness-raising event in Ãƒras na Mac LÃƒÂ©inn for World Mental Health Day. Psych Soc members are encouraged to volunteer their time while at university, particular in mental health and disability projects.
Psych soc is an open and inclusive society. Anyone with an interest in how the mind works is very welcome to get involved or take part.
Find out more at:
Instagram - @ugpsychsocÂ
Twitter - @UGPsychSoc