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Lower Sixth Psychologists dissect brains WCS Wells Cathedral School Independent Prep Somerset England

Lower Sixth Psychologists dissect brains

After a busy year and a full on exam week for the Lower Sixth, what better way to spend the first lesson back than dissecting agar brains!

The Lower Sixth Psychology pupils used their prior knowledge to dissect and annotate mini brains, diving into the intricacies of biopsychology. This fascinating topic explores the links between biology and human behaviour. To reinforce their understanding, pupils identified and labelled the brain’s key lobes and regions. Using agar brains, they meticulously cut them into the four primary lobes: frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital.

In addition to this hands-on activity, the pupils studied the groundbreaking work conducted by Sperry and Gazzaniga. This involved studying individuals who had undergone groundbreaking surgery severing the connection between the left and right hemispheres of adults with severe epilepsy, effectively ‘splitting’ their brains. To visualise this, the pupils crafted mini plasticine brains to illustrate the procedure and annotated the connection between the eyes and the brain.

Psychology at Wells is a dynamic subject, attracting many curious minds eager to delve into the human psyche. With a comprehensive specification, it’s a delightful change for pupils to end the academic year by applying their knowledge in such a creative and engaging manner.

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