Both A Level and IB Psychology students got up close and personal with the topic of human anatomy today. As part of the Psychology department’s ‘Brain Day’, TS pupils got the chance to attend a lecture by Dr Guy Sutton, Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham.
Dr Sutton, whose primary interest lies in the genetics of neurodevelopment, talked to the students about the workings of the human brain and how it operates. After getting to grips with ‘The Dissected Brain’, the students’ knowledge was put to the test as they undertook the task of dissecting a sheep’s brain.
Whilst a somewhat strange sensation, the students all got involved by handling and examining the brain. Dr Sutton informed the pupils that this particular organ was from a one year old sheep. The preserving liquid that was pumped into the brain allowed the them to inspect the various lobes and even the pituitary gland.
This study was particularly beneficial to our psychology students as an integral part of their course is the study of the mind. This activity therefore gave them a visual representation of the brain’s components.