Engage your brain…use it or lose it!

Here at OSC, we have been finding out some fascinating realities about the teenage brain; how it works, why it makes us act the way we do, and how we can better understand it. Read more for amazing facts and tips to ensure your brain is fully engaged during studying.   Together with research from Dr Frances E Jensen of Harvard Medical School and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of UCL, our IB Consultant, Rosanna Montalbano, has found out that: The adolescent brain has enormous ...

Use it or lose it! Revision and neural pathways.

Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change its structure in response to learning new skills, and practice of old ones.  So how does this relate to students and exam revision? Simple - pathways between neurons can be strengthened over time and with repeated actions.  Students should start revising early, and remember that simple repetition – practising retrieving a memory over and over again – is the best form of consolidating the pattern and increasing the neural connections. Students should also try ...

Biological Level of Analysis made easy

This month's student blog introduced students to the belief held by neuroscientists that our brain's structure and processes are responsible, at least in part, for our behaviour. The blog post focused on the teenage brain and the arguments put forward regarding the development of the pre-frontal cortex. Please visit the OSC Psychology student blog to see the content if this interests you. Students tend to struggle a little with the BLOA, so I have developed some scaffolding exercises to help, and ...

Brains on trial – is our biology responsible for our behaviour?

This month we are taking a look at the theory behind the biological level of analysis, that there is a strong correlation, and in some cases a cause-and effect relationship, between our brain structure and activity and our behaviour.  The title of my blog post comes from an exciting site called "Brains on Trial" that it is definitely worth visiting, if only for the cool videos it contains. The title of the site refers to the theories that it is ...