SGPsychStud: Review on Upcoming SPS Career & Networking Forum

From Link: http://tiny.cc/SPS-StdForum-Qns
An invite for the SPS Career and Networking Forum has been sent out to various universities and educational institutes and via the Facebook pages related to the psychology field in Singapore.  Other than the invite, the link (http://tiny.cc/SPS-StdForum-Qns) also asks for  questions and comments from students.  What might follow after would be the collation of the questions, which would be used during the forum?

This forum looks like a very good initative and effort from SPS, trying to do a bottom-up approach by understanding the situation and problems from the students' perspective.  For years, SPS events with regards to students' matters, such as the annual Student Research Award and the SPS Youth Chapter (established in late 2013 and brought to a halt in 2014) have always been from a top-down approach.  The top-down approach is not very healthy in terms of understanding the current and updated situation for the industry, especially with current students of this generation, hence we might see some different results with this forum through the new bottom-up approach.

As for the forum event itself, here are some things or learning points I really hope will result from the forum.
  1. A greater understanding of  the current situation in terms of Singapore registration in psychology, i.e. how to register as a psychologist in Singapore.  I believe there are several changes recently and this could be mentioned in the forum.
  2. A recommended pathway of studying psychology in Singapore.  Even though I have written a post previously with regards to the Singapore psychological training pathway, but this is from my own point of view.  With a recommended pathway, this may result in the accreditation of psychological programs in Singapore, which will finally resolve the question of "Is my program recognised?"; however may also bring up more programs for the different educational institutes.
  3. How students can be better connected to SPS and what SPS can provide to students in the near future.  This current batch of students are the next generation of psychologists hence it is important that students are well connected to SPS, and via versa.  This is both beneficial for the students' careers and the progression of psychology in Singapore! 
We really hope that this event and bottom-up method of approaching students would be a fruitful one in terms of bringing new changes in SPS and the psychological industry.  I will do another summary review of the forum after the actual event itself!!

Miss Psychobabble: Dogs Can Make You More Attractive Instantly

Image Credits: Nicki Mannix via Flickr with CC
Forget designer suits and flashy vehicles because a furry wingman  might just be your secret weapon to find a lovely date.

According to a recent study of 2,000 Brits, the biggest turn-on apart  from physical attraction is someone who owns a pet dog.  In fact, 1 in 5 women found a man with a dog more attractive.  This showed that a dog is twice as appealing as having a hefty salary or a huge house. 

Furthermore, a2014 survey showed that 82% of people felt more confident in approaching an attractive person if they had their dog with them.  Several other studies showed that homeless people, random strangers, and disabled people were more approached and given more positive interactions if they carry a dog along.  Truly, having a dog with you can affect the first impression perhaps, even more than your clothing. 

Still do not believe that a dog can help you score a date or one's number?  Then, you better watch this short video.  As a woman said in the video:  "Do you have a date on Valentine's Day?  This dog is totally going to get you one."



To understand the human-pet relationship better and why having a dog with makes you seem more attractive, here are two factors:

1.  Commitment
Having a dog along gives out an impression that you are able to handle major commitments.  Commitment, defined as a state of being dedicated or faithful to something, is a genuinely attractive 
quality to possess.  A dog signifies commitment because it requires tons of patience, attention, and money.  Yes!  Pet care and grooming can be expensive.  Therefore, if a man or a woman is taking care of a dog regardless of its size, it still speaks to someone's pleasing character.  

2.  Socialisation
Owning a dog can increase one's opportunities to socialize.  This is because you seem more approachable when you are holding one.  In fact, if a neighborhood is seen with people chatting while walking their dogs, observers can have a greater perception that it is a friendly place.  Indeed, having someone take a loving photo of you and your adorable pet is a good way to break the ice. 


Image Credits: Mr.TinDC via Flickr with CC Attribution-NoDerivs 
A dog might just be the perfect way to find love. So, go fetch! :)

SGPsychStud: 5 Ways on How Not to be Noticed/Remembered by the Lecturer

It is a common thought of students that they DO NOT wish to be called or noticed by their lecturers/tutors during lectures or tutorials.
Basically, there are two types of students that will be remembered: 1) those good in academics and/or class behaviours and 2) those with bad class behaviours.  The average students will usually be forgotten after some time.
I am making this reference for lectures and tutorial classes with at least 30 students.  Anything less than 30 students would be too easy for the lecturers to remember all your names.  Trust me, it's too easy and very possible after seeing you after two to three weeks.

Here's some recommended methods to avoid being called out or remembered by your lecturers and tutors:

For students who are good in academics and/or class behaviours
  1. Ask less questions in class.  The more questions you ask, the more you will be remembered.
  2. Do not ask for feedback after asssignments are being handed out. 
  3. Sit in the centre of the lecture theatre or classroom, rather than the front or side where you are in the direct view of the lecturer.  Being in the centre may cause the lecturer to confuse your face with another students.
  4. Try staring at the lecturer blankly during the lecture.  Lecturers tend to look for familiar students whom they know are listening to the lecture as a form of validation towards the lecturers' own self-confidence during the lecture.  Blank faces means less validation and less chances of being looked at in the future.
  5. Miss a couple of lectures or tutorials, but not that much that it gets you debarred from exams.  This might change the lecturer's positive opinions of you and reduce you to a "mere" average student from a good student.
For students who have bad class behaviours, such as known for not listening in class, often absent, and often going a "bo-chap" attitude regarding that module/subject
  1. Ask a smart question (about the assignments/module) once every 3 to 4 weeks.  You don't want to give the impression that you are working too hard or not working at all.
  2. Sit in the centre of the lecture theatre or classroom, like the advice above for good students.  Don't sit in the back.  Sitting at the back does not give a good impression to the lecturers.  
  3. Always pretend that you are listening attentively in the lecture but do not answer any questions (or say "I don't know") that are asked.  You want the lecturer to think that you are listening but do not want the impression that you know everything.  If you get picked out individually to answer any questions, chances are high that it will happen again, hence the best action would be not to answer any questions (or answer them wrongly).
  4. Be like the average student and do everything nicely and appropriately in tutorials or lab classes as asked by the tutors.  This will reduce the chances that the tutor come to you.
  5. Be on time for classes and remain quiet during lectures and tutorials.  Your "special" deviant behaviour might bring more attention to the lecturers and tutors than you want.
Regardless of which methods you are going to try out, probably you can ask yourself why you do not wish to be remembered and why you are often picked out or noticed by the lecturer.  Disclaimer:  Not every one of the abovementioned methods might work for all lecturers.  You have to try them and see which one works best for you.