A psychology summer
1 Send a friend, anonymously, something you think will brighten their day; plus a note encouraging them to do the same.
2 Take a walk to a street with a psychological name, and when you get there tweet us a photo.
4 Tweet us a ‘news cliché photo’ related to your life in psychology: for example, you holding an oversized grant cheque, looking angryin front of the thing that’s making you angry, or leaping in the air with a group of your mates while holding your exam results.
5 Embrace your failures by writing a ‘negative CV’ (read Aidan Horner’s).
6 Write and post a letter of gratitude to someone who has helped you along the way in psychology.
8 Tell us what makes you laugh by adding a comment here.
9 Reimagine a chart hit as a journal article title, for example Michael, G. & Ridgeley, A. (1984). Living organ donation: recipient rejection predicts donor regret at one-year follow up. Journal of Christmas, 1a, 51.
10 Find and play a song in your musical collection which has a link to psychology.
11 Dig out the earliest piece of your own psychology writing you have, and marvel at the neatness of your handwriting.
12 Write us a cathartic letter saying how this is all frivolous nonsense and it would never have been allowed in the days of the Bulletin.
To share your progress on Twitter, please tag @psychmag and use the hashtag #PsySummer
Also, here's a more meaty challenge. What do you think is underrated / overrated in psychology? We're looking for authors for our new(ish) format, exemplified by Professor Elizabeth Meins in a January article which quickly became one of our top three most viewed pieces ever. The concept is simple: write 1500 words of engaging, informative and persuasive material on something in psychology / a psychological perspective on life which you think is underrated, and the same on something you think is overrated. Share your ideas for topics on Twitter @psychmag or email the editor on [email protected].
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