Last Friday, Upper Sixth Psychology students were invited to gain further insight into the brain and forensic psychology from Dr Guy Sutton. He not only gave us a deeper understanding into the brain but also the opportunity to hold a real sheep brain! It was amazing to see all the different structures, that have many similarities to the human brain, and learn about what each of these areas do. We could then apply the knowledge we’d gained from the start of the day to forensic psychology to look at why offenders may commit their crimes.
Guy also showed us some recent research into neuroscience and genetics. One study we all found particularly interesting was Pasley et al (2012) on neural decoding. A computer model reconstructed neural signals from an area in the brain related to speech into sound and was able to speak the numbers 0-9 that the patient had been thinking of! This, among many other studies, showed us that neuroscience is developing every day. We’d like to thank Guy Sutton for talking to us.
Xana, Upper Sixth