The Hive Mind Project

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Earlier this term, Mike Griffin shared details of the London Brain Project in his blog , which has some excellent ideas for teaching biological and cognitive approaches. But how about getting your students to actually have first-hand experience of having their brains studied? The Hive Mind Project, headed up by Rita Carter, a science writer, lecturer and […]

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The experimental method

In my experience the most effective way of helping students understand the experimental method is through carrying out an experiment with the class. The Teacher’s Companion (handouts 137 and 138) contains resources to conduct a class memory experiment or you could run a simple stroop test as explained below. The following activities could be used […]

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‘Learning mats’ for the approaches

The concept of ‘learning mats’ appears to be popular at the moment – I see lots of examples of these at various training/INSET sessions. If you are unfamiliar with ‘learning mats’, they are essentially laminated posters that sit on students’ desks that provide them with prompts to help them with their work (call them ‘learning […]

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Introduction to approaches

Starting the course with a brief focus on approaches provides students with a better understanding of what psychology actually is and allows links to be made to the concept of psychology as a science. The approaches will then be revisited later in the course when studying Approaches in Psychology (Paper 2 AS / Paper 2 […]

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