The students of La Martiniere for Girls held an on-campus psychology fair known as ‘Fairvoyance’ a few weeks back. They brainstormed to find answers to some interesting but rather complex questions. For example: Do mnemonics really help one retain key information for exams? If so, is there a possibility of it having some latent potential to treat or arrest Alzheimer's Disease?
Delving into the human mind, they proved, for instance, how a sentence like 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sunita' could help a student remember the order of executing mathematical functions: namely, parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction, in the given order.
Young student-researchers worked long and hard to make the experiments interactive. In one of the experiments, subjects were tested for personality based on sleeping positions and body posture. So if you told them that you sleep on your side, they would deduce that you are tough on the outside but sensitive inside!
Girls from classes six to class twelve are eligible to get enrolled in the Psychology Club which was founded five years ago. The members of the club have been practicing some of the most stimulating psychology experiments ever since. Through the on-campus psychology fair, they had the opportunity to recreate and display a variety these experiments. The exhibits were interactive and sampled a number of issues studied by psychologists.
Advisors Ruchi Jain, Claudette Correia and Gunjan Tiwari of the Psychology Club hold their protégé in high esteem. They believe that it is important for the students to understand how psychological awareness is important for personal and academic development.
One of their consultant psychiatrists, Shiladitya Roy said that the model is common in schools in the West, where at-risk students are also identified and cured along the way. It is impressive that a school in Kolkata has taken a similar initiative. Consultant psychiatrist JR Ram also agreed that an effort like this would go a long way in making stronger human beings out of students.Lead image: open.edu