Psychology arrives at RGS
American poet, Emily Dickenson once mused, “The brain is wider than the sky.” With A Level Psychology now up and running for the first time at RGS Worcester, students have been busy actively exploring this fascinating expanse of ‘brain and behaviour’.
We are very excited to have started the syllabus by looking at Psychopathology, which is the study of mental disorders. Students have been fantastically enthusiastic as they consider case studies of depression, phobias and OCD. Stimulating class discussion has enabled us to unpack key characteristics of these disorders, as well as to attempt to explain them and learn about treatments for them. From CBT to virtual reality exposure to treat phobias, we have enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of this unit.
Other topics to come include memory, social influence, schizophrenia, relationships, aggression, to name but a few.
Year Eleven will soon have an opportunity to dive into this fascinating subject through a lunchtime Psychology Club and there will be exciting opportunities for us to raise awareness of mental health issues to the wider student body throughout the school year.
Mrs Mary Stephens, Head of Psychology