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Learning investment sees new psychology lab launched

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Hi-tech equipment which can analyse brainwaves, measure sleep patterns and monitor people’s reactions to different situations based on sweat is adding a new dimension to studies for students at a North Wales university.

Glyndŵr University has invested in a new technology laboratory for students on its psychology and criminology degree courses.

The industry-standard set of equipment is used by professional psychologists – preparing them to hit the ground running when they graduate when it comes to seeking employment or going on to further study.

New psychophysiogical testing equipment includes a CANTAB tablet for performing neuropsychological cognitive testings; an Actiwatch which gathers data on sleep; an EPOC wireless headset for measuring brainwaves; and a Biopac machine for obtaining biophysiological data cardiac output, Galvanic Skin Response, Blood pressure and respiratory output.

In conjunction with access to on-campus facilities such as Techniquest Glyndŵr and the Human Performance Laboratory, it will give students a unique package of resources for practical psychology research and experiments.

Professor Chris Lewis, head of the division of psychology at Glyndŵr University, said: “It’s vital that we prepare students for the world of work in an increasing competitively graduate employment market. This is something which Glyndŵr University prides itself on.

“All of our courses with an element of psychology are already unique in their practical focus and access to facilities on campus for practical work.

“The new equipment will add to this practical focus and help to improve the standard of students’ research.”

Glyndŵr University is holding a psychology taster day from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday January 27.

The day is an ideal opportunity for potential students to gain detailed information about full time three year and four year (including foundation year) degrees.

Academic staff will provide information regarding the programme, there will be opportunity to ask questions about studying with Glyndŵr University, and you will gain a student’s perspective from students currently on the programme.

Booking is essential for this event; book online or call 01978 293439.

Please note the day is a structured event, and attendance from 10am to 3pm is required.

Further Psychology taster days are being held on Tuesday 17 February and Tuesday 10 March.

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