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Psychology Brain, Psychopathology and Forensic Days

30th September 2010

On Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th September we welcomed Dr Guy Sutton to the Psychology department for two days of intensive tutorials for gifted and talented students.

Dr Sutton, in addition to his role as Director of MBI, is Honorary Special Lecturer at the University of Nottingham Medical School, where he teaches neuroscience to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. He has been a visiting researcher to universities in the United States and has conducted research projects and data analysis for various organisations, including the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council. He has presented research findings at international conferences and talked about the theoretical and clinical aspects of his research on television and radio. Dr Sutton has several years experience in public and private sector consultancy and is an associate tutor for a number of educational trusts and organisations, including Villiers Park Educational Trust, Cambridge. We were once again very fortunate to be able to welcome Dr Guy Sutton to Jersey College for Girls.

On Monday the Year 12 students participated in a morning tutorial in Neuroscience and an afternoon in Psychpathology. The Neuroscience morning covered methods in brain research, drugs & the brain, comparative neuroanatomy and the damaged brain. The morning involved students accessing interactive ICT programmes as well as observing a sheep brain dissection. Physiological Psychology is one of the major approaches covered in the AS OCR Psychology specification and therefore we are confident that this morning session will have stretched and challenged our most able students. After lunch the students returned for their Psychopathology tutorial with the aim of providing them with an understanding of the Individual Differences approach to human behaviour. This session covered the history and classification of mental illness which took students from the beliefs held by the Egyptians and the ancient Greeks to lycanthropy, asylums and modern day reform. The students were then able to focus their understanding of atypical behaviours by examining multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia in more detail. We hope that the tutorials enabled the Year 12 students to develop an inquiring mind and excel in their AS studies.Brain Day 2010

Tuesday was devoted to the Year 13 students having an intensive tutorial on Forensic Psychology. This aim of the day was to stretch the students in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Forensic Psychology. During the day the girls learnt about various perspectives on criminality, examined forensic evidence, considered the relationship between mental illness and crime and then the day concluded by reading a genuine British offender profile. Whilst considering the forensic evidence the girls were able to watch a post-mortem examination and consider factors that aid identification of human remains. The programme had been constructed to be highly relevant to the A2 OCR Forensic Psychology specification as well as engage those seeking future employment within the legal setting.