Year 12 Psychology students create plasticine brains as they look at how memory is formed and retained.
A Level students are working their way through a series of case studies as they enrich their understanding of how the brain functions and whether most human behaviour has a biological base.
Their most recent study centred on people with jobs that constantly require them to recall memories. Maguire et al conducted a study in 2000 among London taxi drivers and examined the role of the Hippocamopus (which plays a key role in spatial memory and navigation) in helping them find their way through the city streets.
Our students studied the four lobes of the brain, in particular the temporal lobe where the Hippocampus is located. They played spatial memory games, noticing that it took them less time to complete a task the second or third time around. To really help them recall the different areas of the brain, they also built and labelled their own brain models out of plasticine, ready to be used as reference guides.