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Visit to NIMHANS on National Science Day: PG Dept of Psychology: Feb 28, 2019

Every year, National Science day is celebrated in India to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by the Indian physicist, Sir C.V. Raman, on 28th February, 1928. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for this discovery. To commemorate this day, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience hosted National Science Day on 28th February, 2019. An exhibition with the theme of "Know Your Brain" was held at NIMHANS convention centre. Many interesting events such as brain science fair, exhibits on brain, mind and behaviour, real brain specimens of different brain diseases, brain science innovations and many more were the great attractions for students as well as the public.

In the first stall, a centre for addiction, an expert gave us a great deal of information about the need for addiction centers, therapy and treatment and their training programmes. This stall also offered an activity called "Spin the Wheel" where the students spinned the wheel and were asked to answer a question related to psychology. Similarly, there were numerous activities such as "Guess the Picture" where the winner was promised a cash prize. There was also a crossword puzzle activity regarding self-actualization. These activities were extremely entertaining and enlightening. The next stop was the stall which dealt with time management, peer pressure, bullying and youth aggression where an expert speaker created an awareness towards the struggles of school going children. A creative visual presentation where they used different sizes of huts to show the perspective of a bully, the bullied and the bystander. This presentation was unique, creative and eye - catching. A beautiful visual presentation on the theme of global warming was yet another attraction where the artists reused plastic waste to create art. There were many other interesting stalls dealing with mindfulness where the expert explained about mindfulness by using water, gravel and earth elements. Charts explaining child abuse, positive parenting, memory and exam stress were in display.

There were also stalls dealing with taboo themes like HIV/AIDS awareness and safe sex. The case studies on the new area of study like EEG and its effective ways of detecting clinical disorders aroused the students' curiosity. To attract children's attention, some scholars' presentations like "emotion wheel" involved the participation of children. The stalls focussing on budding nurses dealt with general mental health, the effect of junk food on school children, the effect of anger, the importance of balance between physical health and mental health and the first aid. Lastly, we visited a neuropathology stall where we were greeted with parts of brain and other parts of human body. They also showed the difference between damaged cells and healthy cell, and explained the difference in brain between patients affected by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseases.

National Science Day at NIMHANS was an eventful day where we got an opportunity to learn as well as meet different kinds of talents who introduced the visitors to a lot of new areas of interest. It was extremely humbling to see different kinds of people including professionals come together as a community and discuss the discipline of psychology and its sub-disciplines. We are grateful to NIMHANS for hosting such a wonderful event and for having given as a memorable experience.



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