Psychology

We have a number of Psychology outreach programs for VCE and Year 9 and 10 students available at our Melbourne and Bendigo campuses.

Our workshops are created alongside academics and high school curriculums.

To ensure students and teachers alike get the most out of our workshop we have endeavoured to create a series of workshops that cover a broad range of subjects including:

  • neuroscience
  • optics
  • memory function
  • behavioural sciences

Our workshops give students a chance to learn about new and emerging technologies through hands-on experience.

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Middle years

Colour and optical illusions

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, General Science

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 40 students

Understanding how we see colour and the systems involved in visual processing are critical to understanding vision.

This workshop explores:

  • vision and how we see colours
  • colour vision deficiencies
  • optical illusions and what these tell us about visual processing in the brain

The workshop incorporates interactive activities in which students investigate their own colour vision and explore the world of optical illusions.

Making new memories

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, General Science

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Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 25 students

Students in this workshop explore how the brain makes memories and what happens with diseases of memory such as Alzheimer’s disease, a growing problem in our ageing society.

In this workshop, students:

  • discuss the different types of memory systems and engage in activities designed to illustrate these
  • learn basic brain anatomy, with a focus on the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for making new memories
  • adopt the role of a neurologist, attempting to diagnose potential memory problems from brain scans

Reading minds and detecting lies

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, General Science

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 40 students

This workshop explores mindreading and the detection of deception as a conceptual framework for the scientific study of mind, brain, and behaviour. Students engage in interactive exercises to foster scientific values and an interest in the scientific method as a means of answering puzzling questions about human behaviour and experience.

VCE

The mind, the brain and behaviour

Curriculum: Year 11, VCE Psychology Unit 1

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $24 per student

Class capacity: 30 students

Understanding how the brain works offers new insights into human nature and complex behaviours.

This workshop:

  • explores links between brain structure and function
  • guides students in dissecting a sheep’s brain to observe the structures found within the mammalian brain

Students compare the results obtained to structures visible in models of the human brain, and discuss how the differences in structure may influence brain function and ultimately human behaviour. The workshop is supported in Bendigo by a lecture exploring the relationship between mind, brain and behaviour and in Melbourne by a lecture on neuroanatomy. In content and delivery, the learning is aligned to Unit 1, Area of Study 1 of the new Psychology study design.

Memory and learning

Curriculum: Year 11, VCE Psychology Unit 1

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 25 students

Students in this workshop explore the neural basis of memory and learning and explore factors that influence the formation of new memories. Different types of memory systems and methods to retrieve information from memory are discussed, with students engaging in activities designed to illustrate these.

Students attending this workshop learn about:

  • brain anatomy, with a focus on the hippocampus
  • interactions between specific regions of the brain
  • the effects of brain trauma on areas of the brain associated with memory
  • diseases of memory such as Alzheimer's disease and how it affects the brain

This workshop includes a mini-lecture on the synaptic basis of memory formation, including long-term potentiation.

For enquiries please contact SHE outreach (+61 03 9479 6516), join our mailing list or download our brochure [PDF 2.3MB]