Last week myself and ex-Keele undergraduate student Jamie Adams presented the findings from Jamie’s Final Year Project in Psychology at the Psychonomic Society Meeting in Chicago, USA. This meeting is the largest experimental psychology conference in the world and this year included 302 spoken papers and 1,002 posters. Jamie’s research was presented as a poster titled “Metacognitive Monitoring and Prospective Memory Abilities in Obsessive-Compulsive Checking”; this research is currently in preparation for submission to the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. After graduating from Keele last summer Jamie commenced an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham in September; he received funding from the Experimental Psychology Society to attend the conference.
This was the first time I have taken a student of mine to a conference – I felt very grown up! It was also strange to let him take the lead on presenting the poster. I had put the poster together and before the conference I felt like I might not want to give over control to him to present when we were there; but actually when at the conference I relaxed and let him take the lead – it was really ‘his’ data after all. He did a great job from what I observed, though I actually didn’t listen in much while he was talking through the poster with different people – I was too busy having a celebratory beer 🙂