Psychology Capstone Event: Acculturation Day

Psychology Capstone students culminated a semester of research by developing and presenting practical solutions to a common problem faced by the SLU-Madrid community: acculturation. A requirement to complete the psychology major, the Capstone is a seminar in which students integrate and apply previous coursework in psychology to address real-world problems.

Capstone students Vera Abreu, Camela Asinas and Lola Merino invited passersby to grab a snack and spin a wheel at the "How Well Do you Acculturate?" booth in SIH lobby. The question indicated by the spinner on the wheel served to break the ice with participants and stimulate reflection on their own process of acculturating to life in Madrid.

Participants learned about acculturation strategies, acculturative stress, and how to employ a "reflective" coping style. Vera, Carmela and Lola even defined a list of advice created especially for SLU-Madrid students to assist them in acculturating. All of the information was presented in a booklet that participants could take with them to read in detail.

With just a few weeks remaining in the semester, the Capstone event was aptly timed. Students who filled out the "Acculturation Bucketlist," which included items such as grocery shopping in a traditional mercado and touching El Oso y el Madroño in Sol for good luck, could complete the list during their remaining time in Madrid.

Information about previous Capstone projects is available online.

December 19, 2017
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