School of Psychology

Studies and activities

Last year’s Summer Scientist Week was another great success, and saw the introduction of two new elements.

Firstly, we introduced a ‘log book’ so that our scientists could record which games they’d taken part in, which parents could see and link back to the descriptions of the studies on the information sheet and posters.

You can find out about the results of the studies you took part in by following the links to relevant topics on the right.

Secondly, we introduced a theme to highlight one of our research areas, which last year was the skills needed for learning and doing maths, linked to the ‘Skills Underlying Maths’ project led by Dr. Lucy Cragg (University of Nottingham) and Dr. Camilla Gilmore (Loughborough University).


Brain Challenge

Lots of the children who came to Summer Scientist Week completed our brain challenge. We asked the children to complete a short quiz, then they completed a worksheet which helped them to find out lots of interesting facts about the brain. Everyone seemed surprised about which fruit weighs the same as the brain! Finally, we asked the children to do the quiz again.

Overall everyone did much better on the quiz the second time round, which we hope means that the children learned some of our fun facts.

If you want to try the quiz again and see how much you can remember, you can find it online.


Further information

We hope that you found the leaflet on the topic interesting and useful, and that you enjoyed completing the working memory activity booklet together at home. 

Thank you, as always, for letting us know your thoughts about the event by filling in our evaluation questionnaires. We have one more quick evaluation for you to do to find out what you thought of these new initiatives.

Further information and updates about the project, including electronic copies of these resources, can be found at

School of Psychology

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