• Question: What challenges are in your field of work which there is no current solution for it?

    Asked by nevan_george to Tom, Rachel, Priya, Jessica, Dan, Beatrice on 10 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Priya Silverstein

      Priya Silverstein answered on 10 Mar 2020:


      One of the biggest challenges when studying children is that because you have to usually run experiments in person, it takes a lot longer to get data (it can take years and years to get data for one study) than for example doing an online experiment with adults. If we could find a way to do reliable testing online with children, this would speed things up a lot!

    • Photo: Rachel Reid

      Rachel Reid answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      Well my first thought was ‘time’, or a lack of it! Unfortunately you can’t pause time but using and applying psychology works best when we take time out to reflect on things and plan a way forward. So often we are caught up in busy lives with work, commuting, family time, socialising (on and offline but increasingly online for many) and so on… but I guess the solution, at least for me in my role is to make time for supervision sessions. Good supervision is basically a meeting with a colleague or peer to discuss work or work related matters and it is a protected time (which means it can’t be taken away).

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