Cognition and development is (and has always been) one of my favourite areas of the A Level Spec. In this post I will share with you how I used pictures to teach, revise and assess learning of the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky. Using pictures to prompt recall and check understanding: I was recently teaching… Read More Piaget and Vygotsky in Pictures
Analysing research in written form It is always useful to have examples of what effective AO2 might look like for Unit 3 (Topics in Psychology). I find it useful to get students thinking critically and consciously about their writing. Many students will often be able to analyse verbally to a high level but struggle to… Read More AO2 for Unit 3: Some examples
AQA A, A2 Psychology: Cognition and Development Mirror Neurons are hailed by some as the breakthrough in discovering what stands us apart from other animals and makes us human. They are thought to be the key to explaining our ability to empathise and as such understand the actions and mental states of others. This is not a view shared… Read More Mirror neurons. The debate continues.. but not in static textbooks.
The Psychology of Lego Everyone loves Lego! Whether you are old or young, student or professor, this simple building tool/toy seems to have a universal appeal. This is the sentiment behind Jon Sutton’s article entitled “When psychologists become builders” (published in the August 2012 edition of the BPS publication The Psychologist and available online). In… Read More 3 ways to use Lego for learning in A Level Psychology
All in the Mind: Developmental Psychology In Radio 4’s All in the Mind, broadcast 12/06/2012, Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Vasu Reddy from the University of Portsmouth. Prof Reddy presents a compelling challenge to the current assumptions about the limits on the mental abilities of babies within Developmental Psychology. Reddy (Professor of Developmental and Cultural… Read More Does your baby know what you are thinking? New insights in Social Cognition