Visit provides insights on brain scanning

Thirty Year 12 ‘A’ Level students and two teachers from the Psychology Department of Jerudong International School (JIS) visited the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital for a tour of the brain scanning facilities available at RIPAS Hospital’s Radiology department.

The students visited over on three consecutive Thursdays recently to gain a real idea of life in the department.

The trip commenced with an introduction to the brain scanning facilities available at the hospital before a tour of the CT and MRI scanning rooms by Dr Lim.

The experienced radiographer explained to the students about the procedures and the strengths and limitations of the machines. The students saw a range of scans and also spoke to the staff to learn more about the department.

The educational trip enabled the Psychology students to learn more about brain scanning techniques which is a key part of the ‘A’ Level Psychology syllabus. The trip enhanced their understanding of the relationship between the physiology (the brain structure) and cognitions such as the mental processing (thinking, language, attention, perception and memory).

In ‘A’ Level Psychology, students learn about brain scanning in the Biological and Cognitive Levels of Analysis as it is a way of collecting data on brain activity and is able to suggest possible connections between the brain and behaviour.

Psychology teacher Yvette Conway said, “We are grateful to RIPAS Hospital for allowing our students to visit and learn from their excellent staff. A visit such as this enhances their learning. We are fortunate to have such a facility.”

Jerudong International School (JIS) students in a group photo. PHOTO: JIS