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 Introduction to Psychology

Group Leader : Vanessa Wiggins (01202824719)

At: The Hub


Thursday 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm  

The aim of this group is to introduce you to some basic psychology and an understanding of how psychologists work. We will be looking at a wide range of   topics chosen from memory, intelligence, autism, learning and education, sleep, dreaming, attraction, criminal behaviour, jury decision making, obedience, nature/nurture and research methods or whatever the group finds most interesting.
There will be a lot of discussion and some light-hearted games and quizzes and perhaps a little background reading to do. This group is most definitely not a self-help group but if it’s whetted your appetite please get in touch.


The current plan is that we will only meet during the first two terms - you get the summer term off!



Overview - Psychology varieties


PsychodynamicFreudian theory


Individual Differences Humanisticabnormal Perspectives

Social Perspectives

Behaviourism Perspectives

Developmental Perspectives




I am originally from Portsmouth where I taught Psychology up to A Level to both sixth form students and adults. Alongside this I taught some adult numeracy and literacy. I love my subject but could not find a suitable teaching post when my husband’s job brought me to Bournemouth so I have been volunteering as a debt and benefits advisor with a local charity. I am new to Verwood and even newer to the U3A but look forward to meeting you all.

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