In the week beginning 17 March 2014, the Psychology department kicked off Brain Awareness Week, an opportunity for pupils and staff to take part in research, experiments and quizzes in the library, and find out what really goes on in the human brain.
The results from the research were really interesting and the Lower Sixth got a lot out of it in terms of learning research skills. The research found that:
Monday: People remembered significantly more when words were learned in an organised list, rather than in a random list.
Tuesday: An overwhelming number of people thought an orange coloured drink tasted of orange, although it was really lemonade with orange colouring (but no flavouring) added.
Wednesday: Boys had faster reaction times than girls – following an exercise where they had to shoot a sheep with a tranquillizer dart.
Thursday: Students sorted playing cards quicker on their own than when in front of an audience, implying that it was an easy task.
Friday: People who saw an ambiguous picture were more likely to see an Eskimo than a Native American, if they had heard a story about an Eskimo. If they had heard a story about a Native American, they were more likely to see the Native American in the picture.
Lots of quizzes were completed and the brain sweets were enthusiastically won for labelling a swimming hat brain or completing a series of brain stretch activities.
Thank you to everyone who took part. You can see more pictures in our gallery.
Truro School Psychology Department