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What is this place?
This is a blog initiated and run by the UCL Psychology Society. The concept was developed for the purposes of providing students with a chance to express and develop their thinking while enjoying themselves in the process. If you are a UCL psychology student, you are in the right place – this will be the centre of your world. If you’re not, you are still in for a good time. Want to know more about everyday applications of psychological science? Interested in reading articles backed by actual evidence? Enjoy arguing, writing or simply point out how people might be wrong? Well, keep reading then!
For more information on the aims and vision of the blog, see the “Out and” page.
What is it about?
People use psychology for everything nowadays, which is probably because it is relatable to anything. Good old wiki defines psychology as “an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors”. What does this cover? Well, pretty much everything related to human beings. The content of this blog relates to areas based on or associated with psychology: Social psychology, clinical science, brain and neuroscience, individual differences and personality, decision-making and cognition. In a nutshell, all the exciting stuff the field has to offer.
What will I find?
Articles on topics described above can be found in abundance in “ARTicles”. In addition to new articles, we feel obliged to pay our respects to the previous blog team and the people that dedicated their time to write for the column. Thus, in the “MemOURS” subsection you’ll encounter a selection of articles from last year – be sure to check them out too. For more information, see the “ARTicles” page.
Though articles are great and we love them, this is not where the blog stops.
In “InterVIEWS”, you will find interviews from UCL professors and researchers specialized in various fields, as well as from honoured guests belonging to other institutions and organisations. The choice of the interviewee is yours, and so are the questions – it is your thoughts and enquires that we are trying to pass on to them, after all. For more information, see the “InterVIEWS” page.
Ever missed an event, be it a good film or an interesting talk, and wished you could turn back time or be told what it was like in a nutshell? Well, isn’t this, and every day you visit the Bugle, your lucky day. In our “ReVIEWS” page you get the chance to travel back to fascinating events related to the science of the mind by reading reviews on them, and finding out what they involved, and what their take-home messages were. For more information, see the “ReVIEWS” page.
When it comes to learning stuff, things can get pretty intense. Though we might leave writing up and studying notes for the end of the year, it is always good to try and keep up with the bibliography. For this reason, we provide you with “GAims”. There you will find crosswords and other puzzles that will let you revise on your psych knowledge in a fun, carefree way. For more information, see the “GAims” page.
We are highly aware of the value of your time, which can and should only be dedicated to worthwhile pursuits. We therefore abide to two rules that will make your life easier:
- Thou shall not write an article longer than 1000 words. Lets face it, we’re not writing journal articles. You like reading short, informative stuff that have something to say.
- Thou shall not present an argument not backed by research. You’ll find articles on the web that suggest anything – why should you believe it? Well, we are researchers as much as we are columnists, and therefore guarantee our information is valid, and all sources will be available for you to check up on.
Though spreading knowledge is a central objective of the blog, we prefer to provide you with our views to try and ignite productive interactions. For this reason, we do not include a newsfeed involving articles from other sites and scientific news. You will find the PALS and UCL psychology society facebook and twitter pages to be more suitable for that purpose.
How does it work?
The team is dedicated to its work, and we believe you should always have something new to peruse. For this reason, we guarantee a weekly update to always be bringing you new material. The updates are on a rotary system, with each blog facet receiving a monthly update.
What can I do?
Well, what do you want to do? Being a Bedford student, you can do pretty much anything – check up on the BB, leave a comment, write an article or a review, even become a member of the BB team and work on different projects. We want to see you expressing your agreement, discord, doubt and worry with us and with fellow students. We want to have you on our page, with your article being advertised on facebook and twitter, and people reviewing it. We want as much help as we can get, since more people means more content and better distribution of work.
If you want to write something, and wonder about what this involves, see the “I am great” page.
If you want to join the wicked team of ours and wish to know what this entails, see the “I am awesome” page.
If you are not a psychology or a UCL student, or not a student at all, keep reading.
Is this just for psychology students?
Nope. If you are a UCL student and have something to say or want to write something that is relevant to our subject, not only can you do those things, but can also go ahead and consider yourself “great” – this grants you access to the “I am great” page.
Sadly, the BB is based on the Psychology Society, so we cannot accept people from other departments to join the team. We greatly appreciate any sort of interest however, and though you cannot be an administrative member, you can still remain actively involved through your contributions!
Is this just for UCL students?
Absolutely not. This page is for anyone interested in what we do, and you can read and comment on anything without any restrictions.
Want to write something too? That is certainly not a problem; In fact, we would be honoured to have guests from other universities in the BB. If you want to write an article or a review of an event relevant to psychology, you are just great – don’t deny it. Visit the “I am great” page to find out about next steps.
Though we appreciate your interest in our work, we cannot accept people from other institutions in the editing team. Still, your involvement can be unlimited, so you can freely consider yourself part of the BB family.
Is this just for students?
Good grief, no. Postgraduates, professors, researchers and any member of staff associated with Bedford Way is more than welcome to follow us and comment on the work of students.
In knowledge of how busy you are, receiving an article or a review from you would be a true gift to the BB and its readers, and a contribution we will wholeheartedly cherish. If you want to spare the time to join students in their quest for knowledge and truth by presenting your own views and/or piece of research, check our “I am great” page, since it is clearly what you are.
If you want to be part of the BB team, well…that would be a truly special occasion, and you should contact us directly. Please note this applies to UCL-affiliated members of staff only.
Are our COIs not enough? Contact us directly to find out more!