The Brain and Behaviour
Links and Resources
How do we find out how our brains work? You could introduce the idea of scientific research and psychology with this Catalyst article.
How do animals with small brains behave in a way that appears to be clever? A question that would fascinate most students. This article explains how scientists have discovered the mechanisms behind an individual ant's behaviour through a series of simple experiments and detailed observation.
It is a useful resource to illustrate the need for scientific method when studying behaviour, perhaps in preparation for a class investigation. It also demonstrates the possible applications of such research in answer to questions like 'why are we learning about this?
After looking at the article students could plan their own investigation into behaviour. This book contains numerous suggestions for activities and investigations, exploring areas such as learned and unlearned responses and patterns of behaviour
This article provides a good list of career options available with a degree in psychology , as well as describing the role of an educational psychologist. Students could choose one of the careers listed and find out more about it for homework in preparation for a presentation.
It could also be useful as part of a classroom display on behaviour.
This resource can be used as the basis for a lively debate or as a groupwork activity looking at ethical decision-making.
Set in the future, the Brainlink chip can be implanted directly into the brain to connect your thoughts and memories to a computer. What would the consequences of this technology be?
There are three demonstration-packed lectures, delivered by experimental psychologist Professor Bruce Hood, in this collection which can be shown directly to students or used for teaching ideas to enrich lessons on human behaviour.
By clicking on About This Collection you can read more about the illusions and demonstrations used in the lectures