“The brain is wider than the sky.” Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Welcome to the fascinating world of Psychology where we explore people, the mind and behaviour. The department is headed by Ms Pepita Torbrand who is a Chartered Psychologist and researcher.
When you study psychology you will be engaged in the many different areas that makes this field so fascinating and in class, you will discuss cutting edge research and find answers as to why we sometimes conform to others or remain independent, how our memory works, why we fall in love (and out of love!), experience anger, and how our attachment to our parents may influence our future life. By studying psychology, you will gain a greater understanding of yourself and the people around you, and become better able to understand the motivations behind your own actions.
Studying Psychology involves carrying out experiments, analysing and interpreting data, plus engaging in lively debates and discussion in the classroom. If you are someone who enjoys thinking about alternative theories and interpretations, questioning ‘evidence’ and addressing philosophical questions for which there may be more than one correct answer, then Psychology is a good choice for you.
Some of the questions we cover include:
- Is nature or nurture more important in a child’s development
- How to define “abnormal” behaviour
- How to treat mental illness
- Why some people become addicted and not others
- Whether there is a biological basis for psychopathology