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Award-winning projects of the CLASS DEC Competition 2016
Undergraduate Champion (Individual)

Elderly residents of nursing homes are relatively weak, both physically and mentally. People, therefore, may wrongly believe that they can do nothing. However, the elderly have their strengths. The process of creating artworks allows the elderly to make their own decisions and have full control over their work. Their sense of creativity is recognised and appreciated, which enhances their self-esteem.
Huh! You Know Me But You Exclude Me?
Undergraduate Runner-up (Individual)

An experimental paradigm studying the effect of self-disclosure on social exclusion in an attempt to answer the question of what happens if we are excluded by individuals to whom we disclose more. The study sheds light on interpersonal relationships and helps develop appropriate social skills training programmes. It also provides empirical support for the significance of creating an inclusive environment for individuals.
Word Association and Word Games
Undergraduate Champion (Group)

A multi-media learning project investigating word association – the connection between words in our mind – and applying the linguistics results to the design of two educational word games. The project aims to point out that word association could be an instrumental element in childhood vocabulary acquisition. Serving as an assistant learning tool to arouse children’s interest, the games could help train children’s word association ability, hence enabling them to pick up new words faster.
FoneFraud Shield
Undergraduate Runner-up (Group)

FoneFraud Shield is a mobile application (‘app’) that aims to reduce the number of phone deception crimes, to protect the elderly in an innovative, user-friendly and cost effective way, and to enhance communication and interaction between family members. The app will have four major functions, which are based on the theories of crime prevention: Silence, Recording, Notifying and Alerting. Our team believes that the app will serve the community well and will be able to protect citizens against deception crimes.
Discover the Power of Creating Art in Mood Improvement
Postgraduate Champion (Individual)

Different drawing experiences can lead to different moods. Negative moods can be become positive by distraction drawing. Expressive drawing about a negative event leads to rumination and does not improve mood. However, this study was the first to show that expressive drawing can be an effective approach in mood regulation given that the person is allowed to explicitly reflect on what has been drawn. This finding calls for a need to re-evaluate the expressive approach in the practice of art therapy.