What can you change about a situation to make people more likely to obey you? Why do we forget things? Do people become criminals because of their genes or because of their experiences? Do humans learn behaviour the same way that dogs do? What techniques can the police use to help witnesses recall details of a crime or crime scene correctly? What makes good scientific research? These are just a few of the questions that we look at in Psychology at Trinity.
We encourage students to critically evaluate scientific research and the theories that arise from it. In the course we cover topics as diverse as Social Psychology, Child Development, Psychopathology, Forensics and Neuroscience. Underpinning all of this is the study of research methodology and key debates in psychology. We look to apply theories to real life, such as understanding why eye witness testimony is flawed and which treatments are the most effective for psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. Part of our Lower Sixth course includes a trip to London Zoo for a Phobias Workshop, where we experience hypnotherapy as a treatment for arachnophobia and consider the reasons why phobias might develop, as well as the extreme behaviour that can be entailed in a phobic reaction.
Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of Psychology outside the classroom, through keeping up with current research in The Psychologist magazine, books and documentaries. They may decide to complete an EPQ or other independent research project to formalise this learning. Psychology Society meets regularly, giving students the opportunity to discuss topics outside of the curriculum and to hone their debating and presenting skills.