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Institution Spotlight: National University of Ireland Galway

The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) is located in Ireland's most westerly city of Galway. A tertiary-level teaching and research institution, it is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.'

Students from NUIG have had much success with The Undergraduate Awards.

In 2017, Psychology student Eimear Bane was Highly Commended in this category with her paper, "An Investigation into the Effects of Negative Mood Congruency on Eyewitness Accuracy".

The paper explored the impact of negative mood congruency on eyewitness accuracy. She found that some of the research that has been done has found that being in a negative mood state at retrieval impairs recall, while negative mood congruency (i.e. being in a negative mood at both encoding and retrieval) increases recall.

Her experiment asked a group of students to watch a crime event and then they were asked to freely recall the crime in either a congruent or incongruent mood. Analysis found that negative mood at encoding, negative mood at retrieval and negative mood at both stages had no significant effect on eyewitness accuracy.


Also in the 2017 Psychology category was Judith Burke, who submitted her paper on "Investigating the effects of performance evaluation on levels of state anxiety and self esteem in perfectionists literature review"

The paper examined changes in state anxiety and self esteem scores following administration of feedback for 122 university students. Specifically, this study sought to determine if performance feedback valence (positive, negative, or none) and method of delivery (social, computerised, none) would impact levels of state anxiety and self esteem in perfectionist orientations (self oriented, socially prescribed, other oriented).

Her findings provided further evidence for the link between perfectionism and constructs of maladjustment, particularly anxiety, and how failure situations may influence changes in these measures in perfectionists. Suggestions for future research are subsequently discussed.

If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Judith and Eimear, then submit up to three papers to The Undergraduate Awards before June 12th!