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Sixth Formers Psychology Lesson on Anxiety

In Psychology, Year 12 have been studying the topic of memory. Isaac's group were given the task of delivering a lesson on the impact of anxiety on eyewitness testimony or the benefits of using cognitive interviews. Both groups delivered superb presentation and demonstrated their knowledge and their ability to work with their peers. Some Sixth Formers commented;

Our psychology lesson on Anxiety started with a quiz that consisted of five questions. The aim for the group watching our presentation was to answer almost all of them correctly otherwise they would have to stay in at lunch break. This was to demonstrate the impact of anxiety on recalling accurate information. Our group decided that it would be a good idea for Mrs Hall to come up to enforce our sanction, as a ‘legitimate authority’ so the rest of the students thought it a serious matter. The class seemed to do well and answer the questions correctly however we did notice some slight changes in behaviour as a result of the anxiety - group-mates talking over each other in a rush. The activity and presentation allowed us to witness some of the effects of anxiety first hand.

The presentation really expressed how anxiety plays an effect in behaviour. Even though I thought I knew we would not be kept in at lunch my hands still began to sweat. I also found that my mind went blank because we really had to answer the questions correctly and within 30 seconds! After the presentations Miss Lamagna explained the physiological impact of stress and this gave us a clear understanding of why eye witness testimonies in a court case may not be as accurate as we may think.

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