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CCD High School Work Experience Program

The CCD hosted its first group of Work Experience students for 2018 last week (28 May – 1 June). The 12 Year 10 and 11 students were selected from the over 50 applicants to spend the week learning about the research of the CCD and career paths in cognitive science.

May 2018 Work Experience Students

May 2018 Work Experience students

The students participated in a wide range of activities including:

  • running a mini research project, which involved collecting and analysing their own data and presenting their results to the staff and students;
  • sampling an online course about delusions and disorders of the mind;
  • learning about the various techniques used by CCD researchers, including ultrasound and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The students also learnt about magnetoencephalography (MEG), which is a brain imaging technique used to understand the time course of neural processing. Some students even had the opportunity to lie in the MEG scanner and experience what it would be like for a participant in MEG research;
  • talking with researchers from a variety of fields including belief formation, language, perception and action, and reading about their work.

As always, the feedback from the high school students was overwhelmingly positive. They particularly enjoyed learning about the potential career paths in research and science and the hands-on aspects of the week where they got to see the research equipment in action.

Work Experience students learning lingual ultrasound with Ivan Yeun

Work Experience students using LEGO to understand neural encoding and decoding

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