American School in Paris

I recently visited the American School in Paris for a psychology event.

Sonata Sardinha, Learning Specialist and Psychologist and Christopher Friendly, Psychology and History Teacher did an amazing job organising the event and helping the students to consolidate their projects.

The energy of the students and the staff was contagious, and I was really impressed by the students’ skills, eloquence and enthusiasm when they presented their projects.

It was refreshing to hear what the students like and dislike, to see their creativity by designing clothes, advertisements, and music, but it was also interesting to hear their concerns and self-reflections about topics we should bring to the table more often.

Among the topics there were those related to my area of research expertise such as “When the Web Becomes a Trap”, “Researching the Impact of Social Media on one’s Self-Image”, “How Influencers and Social Media can Affect Eating Behaviours and Lifestyles”, “Health Promotion Through the Study of Depression in a Character from a TV Show” and “The Impact of Immersive Experiences on Human Behaviour”. The last one gave me a nice surprise when I saw my research on Game Transfer Phenomena cited in the project.

The final projects of the course “Project-based learning” were without a doubt a great opportunity for the students to be creative and show their talents.

I hope these students further develop their skills; so, in the future they can become professionals that passionately pursue their dreams.

In my experience, dreams don’t simply become true, we need to build them little by little with passion and a lot of patience!

Everything starts with an idea, with the skills to develop it, but most importantly the confidence that you can make it become true!  

MESSAGES FROM THE STUDENTS:

"Live your life and let them talk
Dont impress, express,
Fall in love with what you feel,
We are already full beautiful faces on Instagram!!!"

"Negative thoughts only have the power I allow them."

"Think happy, be happy!"

"Rodeate de gente positiva"

"Rap songs-Lyrics? Beat?, Morals?, Style? Message? Culture? Vocal style? Image!"

"How well do you know your self?"

Topics covered by the students

COVERED TOPICS

• Art Education and Art Therapy
• Using Psychology to Create a Story
• What makes a successful team? Studying team cohesion
• Studying Clubs and Clubbing Behaviour
• Are Drum Grooves Universal?
• Understanding Dysphasia
• Climate Change Denial
• How Accurate is the Film Industry’s Portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorders in Films?
• Studying Influences on Decision-Making Processes
• Cognitive and Social Development of Children through Play
• How Influencers and Social Media can Affect Eating Behaviours and Lifestyles
• The Psychology of Interior Design
• Socio-cultural Influences on Decision-Making
• Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Autism through Therapy Room Design
• Studying Methods to Help all Children Learn- With a Focus on Children with Autism
• Studying Consumer Behaviour and Brand Marketing
• Health Promotion Through Fashion Design
• Studying the Impact of Positive Affirmations
• The Hot Hand Phenomenon in Sports
• Criminology, Forensics and Criminal Behaviour
• Health Promotion through the Study of Depression in a Character from a TV Show
• Researching the Impact of Social Media on one’s Self-Image
• When the Web Becomes a Trap
• The Study of Reconstructive Memory in Children
• The Role of Athletes as Role Models
• Studying Depression Across Cultures
• Grid Design and Philosophy
• The Impact of Immersive Experiences on Human Behaviour
• Can Art Show Insights into the Mind of a Criminal?
• What Makes a Popular Rap Song?

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