What do students need to know about the biology of schizophrenia? – dopamine hypothesis and neural correlates

There does seem to be some confusion over what students need to know about the biology of schizophrenia and whether the ‘dopamine hypothesis’ and ‘neural correlates’ are separate topics. AQA have decided that they are and should be taught separately. We have now amended the text for the one relevant spread in the Complete Companion (Dog book) […]

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Introducing mental disorders: phobias, depression and OCD

In this post I’m going to look at ideas for introducing mental disorders. The AQA specification states students need to know and understand behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD before considering each of the named disorders from a specific perspective: behavioural approach (phobias explanation and treatment), cognitive approach (depression explanation and treatment) […]

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Definitions of abnormality

Here are some ideas for getting your students thinking about definitions of abnormality. Getting students thinking Ask students to draw and label a ‘normal’ student. After students have shared their images with each other as a class discuss the following questions: Were there any common features in the drawings? If so, why? Where does our […]

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Animal studies of attachment

Two key animal studies are named by the AQA specification: Lorenz’s research with goslings and Harlow’s study of infant rhesus monkeys. Here’s a lesson plan for the topic. Introducing the topic Enter the phrase, ‘unusual animal friends’ into a search engine to find lots of examples of unlikely animal attachments. Either show the class a […]

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