Over 60 A Level Psychology and Biology students from Minsthorpe Community College and Ossett Academy took part in an introductory tutorial session in neuroscience on 18th September 2014 at Minsthorpe.
The "Brain Sessions" were delivered by Dr. Guy Sutton an Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham Medical School. The sessions were University style and included a discussion of a wide range of up to date research on methods of studying the brain including neuroimaging, the effects of drugs on the brain, brain stimulation and out of body experiences.
The students also observed the dissection of a sheep’s brain to allow comparison of human and animal brains and to examine the regions involved in mental illness. Students handled the brain and discussed its anatomy. The final session focused on Schizophrenia including symptoms, causes and treatments with a video case study and consideration of drugs in development.
Students were really enthusiastic about the sessions and were fascinated to learn about new research including brain bionics which harnesses brain signals to allow people who are paralysed to communicate with computers to move robotic arms.