The Psychology Society offers students the chance to enhance their understanding of Psychology beyond the curriculum. It also gives them an opportunity to talk about topics they are passionate about and earlier in the term two of our Upper Sixth students did just that, giving an interesting talk on the psychology of horror films. This week the society met for its final event of the year, to watch Academy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe award-winning film Room, based on the book by Emma Donoghue.
This film tells the story of Joy, a 17-year-old girl who has been abducted and gives birth to her abductor’s baby, Jack. The story that unfolds is about their squalid life inside the ‘room’, an underground shed that Joy has lived in for seven years and where Jack was born five years previously. Thus, the film relates to the A Level Psychology course where students study the topic of attachment and the effects of deprivation, including the real life story of Genie, a girl who was locked in a room by her father for 13 years. Watching Room allowed the students to see the horrific impacts of negative early life experiences through the film, along with what happens once Jack and his mother escape. The film also shows how resilient human nature is and how Joy and Jack reintegrate back into their family once they escape. The students really enjoyed the film, commenting that it was very intense and the actor playing Jack was very convincing.