All of our A-level and IB Psychology students enjoyed a fantastic, mind-blowing day of neuroscience on Friday with our guest speaker Dr Guy Sutton, Director and Founder of Medical Biology Interactive and an Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School.
An expert in neuroscience and genetics, Dr Sutton focused the lecture based sessions on brain biology, including contemporary research on a range of fascinating issues, such as the effects of drugs on the brain, mental illness and crime, all of which are related to the A level and IB Psychology specifications that our students are currently studying.
We all donned rubber gloves to participate in a sheep brain dissection, students were able to hold the sheep’s brain and look at the various areas that we have already studied in class- an invaluable hands on experience!
Dr Sutton shared case studies of how much brain individuals can actually lose and still maintain an adequate level of functioning. Students looked at various investigative methods including brain recording (EEG) and functional brain imaging (fMRI, PET) techniques along with open brain surgery. Perhaps one of the most fascinating sessions included current research into telepathy and neurobionics, students were blown away by the idea that in the future they may be able to share their thoughts without even speaking to one another!