Psy-Fi (Psychology Films) is run by Dr Amy Milton from the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, with input from the Community Affairs Office and the organisers of the Cambridge Science Festival at the University of Cambridge. We have four major aims:
1. To inform and inspire members of the public to engage with psychology and neuroscience.
We intend to provide members of the public, with and without a scientific background, with information about psychology and neuroscience in an accessible, jargon-free manner. We also aim to showcase some of the research that the public indirectly fund as taxpayers.
2. To promote young people to consider further scientific education and science as a career.
The study of science doesn't need to stop with GCSEs, A-levels or a degree; scientific research can carry on throughout an entire career. By giving people the opportunity to interact with working scientists, we hope to encourage young people to continue in their study of science, and to inspire those no longer in education to consider learning more about scientific topics.
3. To reduce stigmatisation of those with brain injury and/or mental heath disorders.
Education is key to understanding brain injury and mental health disorders. By working with local charities, such as Headway, we intend to provide information on brain injury and mental health disorders to enable better understanding of these conditions, and how they impact on the life of the affected individual.
4. To promote public engagement activities amongst trained scientists.
We are encouraging lecturers, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to get involved with our events. By promoting participation in outreach activities amongst these groups, we hope that this will inspire them to arrange their own public engagement activities in future.
We are generously funded by donations from our sponsors:
And the 2012 'Compulsion' film festival is brought to you in collaboration with:
SciScreen uses films as a way to engage the public with science, and is organised by the Cambridgeshire branch of the British Science Association. www.facebook.com/sciscreen
With thanks to: