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Updated: 23 September 2021

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Psychology Topics #5: Memory, Prejudice & Discrimination
This is one of 2 Psychology Topics courses this year which build on the Introductory course, Understanding Yourself & Others. It provides a more in-depth approach to helping you explore the specific interests under discussion or build knowledge of Psychology and the behavioural sciences. Attendance on the introductory course is helpful, but not essential, as recaps and additional study material will be provided.
Most people are convinced of the accuracy of their memory; but, in fact, memory can be very unreliable – as experts in Eye Witness Testimony have discovered time and time again. With exercises for participants to test the strength of their recall, this part of the course considers leading models of memory and the potential causes of forgetting. It also offers some tips for improving memory.
In the second part of the course we explore the relationship between prejudice & discrimination, as well as how and why they occur. In doing so, it offers an explanation for racism and its persistence in the face of attempts to eradicate it. Some ideas for minimising racism are offered. The role of the media in propagating prejudice and discrimination is also investigated.

Dates: 20 January – 31 March 2022 (not 24 February)
Venue: Shipley College UK
Places remaining: 12/15
Price: £120*
To discuss content, please contact me via the Contact page. For other queries and to book, please contact the Shipley College Enrolments team on 01274 327327 or email enrolments@shipley.ac.uk

Psychology Topics #6: Biological Psychology, Consumerism & Shopping
This is one of 2 Psychology Topics courses this year which build on the Introductory course, Understanding Yourself & Others. It provides a more in-depth approach to helping you explore the specific interests under discussion or build knowledge of Psychology and the behavioural sciences. Attendance on the introductory course is helpful, but not essential, as recaps and additional study material will be provided.
The Biological Psychology section of the course explores how our biology affects our psychological processes. Genetics & Epigenetics – the switching on and off of genes is considered, as are the effects of hormones and neurotransmitters (the chemicals running your brain). The biology of gender differences is also investigated – just how different are male and females brains?
The second part of the course looks at the nature of consumerism – from different socio psychological perspectives, including Bauman’s theory of the ‘seduced’ and the ‘repressed’. The processes of advertising are explored – what is ‘hard sell’ and ‘soft sell’ and how those processes work on our psychology. Finally, what shopping does for us is investigated. Is it exciting? Does it provide us with fulfilment? Is it simply a form of stress relief?

Dates: 5 May – 14 July 2022 (not 2 June)
Venue: Shipley College UK
Places remaining: 14/15
Price: £120*
To discuss content, please contact me via the Contact page. For other queries and to book, please contact the Shipley College Enrolments team on 01274 327327 or email enrolments@shipley.ac.uk

*Please note Shipley College are offering 5% discount if their 2 courses are booked together.