Head of Department: Mr G Offen
Psychology is the study of the thought processes and behaviour of humans and other animals in their interaction with the environment.
This course is designed to encourage you to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences) through a range of topics, chosen for their accessibility and popularity.
Why study it?
Psychology is interesting
What makes us think, feel, behave? How do we learn? Following brain damage how well can a person perform? Is a baby a ‘blank slate’ upon which life experience writes?
Psychology is challenging
Can autism be treated? Does studying the brain function of stroke or Parkinson’s Disease patients provide us with answers that can be of use to healthy individuals? Can children be taught to eat - and ENJOY - fruit and vegetables?
Psychology is useful
Imagine if we knew enough about the way humans work to be able to intervene and reduce problems such as mental illness, drug addiction, child abuse, disruptive behaviour, unhealthy lifestyles, depression in patients or carers…
Psychology is insightful
Remember that you are learning about human behaviour and you are a human too! This means that will begin to understand and think abstractly about your own behaviour and motivations and will begin to interpret the behaviour of people in your life in a more meaningful way.
Psychology is fun!
More than in any other subject Psychology offers the chance to try out and test the theories that you will be learning – you will see them everyday all around you, in school, on TV, in your homes. You will learn aspects of human behaviour which may seem unbelievable to you at first and you will be able to take part in and create your own psychological experiments.