Science of the mind and of behaviour

The human brain is the most complex machine on earth. With an average capacity of 1,200cm3, it is three times the size of most other mammals' brains. In Psychology, we study the processes that underlie our thoughts, feelings and actions.

The study of the brain is an important and interesting area, supported by modern technology. It has been found that taxi drivers’ brains 'grow' on the job: researchers have found that London’s black-cab drivers' grey matter enlarges and adapts to help them store a detailed mental map of the city. This plasticity can help us adapt and change to new environments - an example of just one area of study.

At Brentwood, we encourage students to develop a number of new skills. They analyse and present data, plan and execute research, present a coherent argument, evaluate their own and other peoples' research and understand many of the reasons why people do what they do.

Psychology at Brentwood involves taking a number of different approaches to understand our human behaviour. Are we like animals? Do we remember correctly what we have witnessed? Are we all the same? How are some of us different? What happens when we become mentally ill? How can we improve our memories?

Consequently, Psychology uses a similar approach to that of scientists in other fields. Scientific methods are used to collect data and produce statistically testable evidence for a theory or hypothesis.