- Winners in 2016 -
Winners of Discovery-enriched Curriculum Award in 2016
Undergraduate Champion (Individual)
WONG Yau-lai Yocky
Mission Statement:
Use art as a means to beautify your life.
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.

Project Details:
Elderly people living in nursing homes are relatively weak both physically and mentally. People may have the misconception that they can do nothing. However, this study showed that the elderly still have strengths through the creative use of art. The process of making artworks allowed the elderly to make their own decisions and have full control over their piece of work. Their sense of creativity in the art creation process was recognised and appreciated, which enhanced their self-esteem. Better still, the teamwork with teenagers in the artwork process promoted the concept of intergenerational harmony.

The programme provided colleagues in the nursing home with inspirations and insights. They started to recognise the abilities of the elderly and are trying to organise a similar programme in the coming year. The teenagers also gained a better understanding of the needs of the elderly living in nursing homes and should show more concern for the elderly following this experience.

Undergraduate Runner-up (Individual)
LI Yu-ying Jenny
Huh! You Know Me But You Exclude Me?
Mission Statement:
Beware of exclusion. We can all help create an inclusive society, starting by treating those who we know better!
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.

Project Details:
What happens when we are excluded by individuals to whom we disclose more? Do we feel more pain? Previous research has generally studied the positive effects of self-disclosure and the detrimental effects of social exclusion separately. However, self-disclosure could lead to rejection. My study investigates how a person feels when he/she discloses something personal to others, but is then ignored and excluded in a later social interaction. It may seem to be a matter of common sense, yet people’s minds and behaviour are not always that simple. In psychology, we adopt a scientific approach to describe, explain and predict phenomena.

In this study, we use a relationship closeness induction task, which is usually used for attraction studies, to induce self-disclosure and study social exclusion. The exclusion manipulation uses a cyber ball paradigm, which is commonly used in the West but not yet in Asia. This novel experimental design can be used to study the effect of self-disclosure on social exclusion, which is also a rarely explored topic.

This experimental study can provide empirical evidence to describe and explain the effect of self-disclosure on social exclusion. It also promotes the use of the cyber ball paradigm in social exclusion studies with Chinese samples.

The results of this study could have important implications for interpersonal relationships, i.e. whether to self-disclose, which can be applied in a wide range of settings such as school, the workplace and family. It could help in developing appropriate social skills programmes for children and even business professionals. It could be an issue to be addressed in family counselling. It may even provide empirical support for the importance of inclusive education and the significance of creating an inclusive environment in Hong Kong.

Undergraduate Champion (Group)
LO Tsz-yan Kate / LUI King-yan Karen
Word Association and Word Games
Mission Statement:
Innovative teaching through word games: eradicate children’s learning phobia, discover the fun in learning.
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.

Project Details:
This project demonstrates an active learning process involving a word association experiment with 80 subjects and an analysis of the experimental data. We designed interesting, creative, attractive word games and video recorded the participants playing them to analyse their methods. The project stimulated us to think carefully and creatively, especially while designing suitable games for the target groups. We also discovered the relationship between word association and our daily lives. The more words co-occur in our daily lives, the faster we retrieve them from the mental lexicon.

We suggest that word association is an important instrumental element of acquiring new vocabulary in childhood learning or second language learning. Word association games, like those we designed based on the results of the experiment, could serve as a training tool to arouse children’s or second language learners’ interest in learning new vocabulary and enhance their word association ability.

Undergraduate Runner-up (Group)
LAM Choi-ni Charlie / LUK Tzu-wei Bryan / CHEUNG Chun-pong Derek
FoneFraud Shield
Mission Statement:
Protect all elderly citizens from phone deception through innovative technology.
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.

Project Details:
The FoneFraud Shield project involves a mobile application (app) that aims to reduce the number of phone deception cases in a cost effective and practical manner. Our target users are elderly people who possess a smart phone, have a guardian and have little or no awareness. This will be the first mobile app to offer a practical means of reducing phone deception in Hong Kong, aided by criminology theories. Our mission is to create the best quality, reliable and user-friendly apps.

Our team will create apps that are used to tackle technology-related fraud crimes in an innovative, user-friendly and cost effective way. The elderly in Hong Kong and perhaps Greater China will be able to enjoy extra protection through the anti-crimes apps created by us. The short-term objective of this app is to greatly reduce the success rate of phone deception, protect minorities by using the effect of target hardening and increase the awareness of phone deception. In the long-term, the app could enhance the quality of life of Hong Kong citizens, especially the elderly population.

Postgraduate Champion (Individual)
Ma Ka-yan Jessie
Discover the Power of Creating Art in Mood Improvement
Mission Statement:
Everyone can cultivate the power of art and enjoy life in more colour.
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.

Project Details:
An experimental approach was used to evaluate the effects of art-making on mood regulation. It was found that drawing can have beneficial effects on mood repair and improvement.

This study was the first to investigate the joint effect of venting (i.e., expressing negative emotions through drawing) and cognitive re-appraisal (i.e., self-reflecting on what has been drawn). Venting + Re-appraisal was found to be as effective as Distraction (a method commonly used in art therapy) for negative mood repair.

Venting and re-appraisal might be a more useful approach than distraction in situations where attending to negative events or an unpleasant past experience is inevitable.

This study provides empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of art-making for improving mood, which has implications for both school and professional settings where art-making is commonly used to facilitate education or therapy.

More importantly, this study was the first to show that venting can be an effective approach in mood regulation, given that the person is allowed to explicitly reflect on what has been drawn (i.e., Venting + Re-appraisal). This novel finding calls for a need to re-evaluate the venting approach in the practice of art therapy.