Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. Any attempt to explain why humans think and behave in the way that we do will inevitably be linked to one or another branch of psychology.
The Psychology Department at Pangbourne offers the subject at A Level (following the AQA board) to students in the Sixth Form and covers a range of topics to help pupils understand different aspects of human behaviour.
Pupils study modules including infant attachments and how they affect our future relationships, how memory works, investigating the factors which could distort the accuracy of witness testimony and why some people create false memories.
Students also learn about the role biology plays in influencing peoples' behaviour and the biological and psychological explanations of mental disorders such as depressions and phobias. There are also chances to debate the ‘nature-nurture’ argument and issues affecting research such as culture and gender roles.
Psychologists apply scientific methodology to every area of study to help them identify important findings.
The A Level course is split into three exams after two years of study and covers topics such as cognitive psychology, biological psychology, relationships and schizophrenia.
Frequent lectures on Psychology are arranged by the Department to further students’ interest and knowledge in the subject. This year, for instance, Psychology students were fortunate enough to spend a day with researcher Guy Sutton. His 'brain day workshop' was highly inspirational and many were enthused by his fascinating case studies.