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Dear Year 11 Psychology students,
Welcome to the new school year. Thank you for choosing the subject of Psychology, with its rewarding mixture of human stories and scientific research.
The “Research Investigation” (Area of Study 3) is a challenging task. The main rule is: don’t panic. This assignment is all about learning and exploring the diverse field of psychology that you have chosen to study. Select a topic that you find interesting and then enjoy deepening your knowledge.
Most important of all, avoid stress by breaking the task into small, manageable parcels of work. Tackle your workload in do-able chunks; this approach will help you in other subjects as well. Following these instructions should help:
♦Chunk 1: Select a key study that interests you. See the long list of links below our instructions for ideas and starting points. There is also a “pinboard” that will allow you to visualise the range of possibilities. Feel free to search for and contemplate other options as well.
♦Chunk 2: Write an open research question that relates to your key study. Here are some examples of appropriate wording, in which we have employed phrasing that requires exploration of possibilities, rather than a closed, yes-no answer:
- How does stress influence the ageing of the brain?
- To what extent and in what circumstances is multi-tasking possible?
- How does the use of marijuana affect the social and cognitive development of teenagers?
- In what ways (if any) does stress affect women differently from men?
- In what ways can biofeedback benefit people’s health?
- How does learning change the physical structure of the brain?
♦Chunk 3: Find another, related study on a similar topic. This will allow you to extend your writing and contemplate another perspective. If you are able to find two related studies, that would be ideal.
Finally, here is a handy plug-in and/or app that can be used on laptops, smartphones or tablets: Pocket allows you to save all the articles you find and so maintain an online digital logbook of your reading, accessible on all your devices: iOS | Android | Chrome | Safari. This could be useful in other subjects as well.
Kind regards from Ms Green, Ms Corbo and Ms Bottrell
Useful websites for independent exploration:
Links to specific subjects and studies:
- Article: How is the internet changing your brain? from Academic Earth
- Study: Chronic stress can damage brain structure and connectivity in Psychology Today
- Article with references: The ill-usion of multitasking from UCSD Centre for Mindfulness
- Studies by Eric Kandel: Cell and Molecular Biological Studies of Memory Storage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Article: Neuroplasticity: Learning physically changes the brain from Edutopia
STRESS AND ANXIETY
- Study: Can stress age women to age more quickly than men? from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation
- Study: Real-time brain feedback can help people overcome anxiety from the Yale School of Medicine
- Study: Early-Life Stress Can Have Long-Lasting Impact on Brain Circuitry and Behaviour from Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation
- Study: Study explains how stress can boost the immune system from Stanford Medicine News Centre
- Study: Gray matters: too much screen time damages the brain from Psychology Today
- Article: Research links children’s problems to prolonged screen time from The Guardian
MENTAL ILLNESSES AND DISORDERS
- Article: My name is not Schizophrenia: removing the label from Psychology Today
- Longitudinal study: What can the Amish teach us about early onset Bipolar Disorder? from The Bipolar Child
- Study: Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn from Science Daily
- Study: Global study of mental illness from the NBC News
- Study: Connectivity problems may indicate which individuals are at greatest risk for schizophrenia from Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation
- Article: Study finds that the brains of autism sufferers fail to trim synapses as they develop, reported in New York Times
- Article: Computer modelling provides insight into cellular-level effects of schizophrenia risk genes from Medical Press
- Study: Violent video games provide quick stress relief, but at a price from Science Daily
- Study: Violent video games delay development of moral judgment in teens from Science Daily
- Study: Negative effects of violent video games may build over time, reported by Psych Central
- Study: Violent videos alter brain functioning in young men from Science Daily
- Article: Smoking marijuana does not lower IQ scores, but alcohol may, from Medical Daily
- Study: Twin study finds no evidence that marijuana lowers IQ from Science Mag
- Article: Can addictive behaviours be predicted in preschool? from Time