Religious Studies Lecture: Neuroscience

On Wednesday 16th January, Dr Carmel Mevorach from the University of Birmingham came to school to speak to Sixth Form Religious Studies students from KEHS and KES about cognitive neuroscience. The talk was stimulating with Dr Mevorach involving the students in a number of practical demonstrations to help....

On Wednesday 16th January, Dr Carmel Mevorach from the University of Birmingham came to school to speak to Sixth Form Religious Studies students from KEHS and KES about cognitive neuroscience. The talk was stimulating with Dr Mevorach involving the students in a number of practical demonstrations to help them think about how different stimuli can affect brain activity. He also introduced the students to software, which allows brain imaging data to be shown in a visual way. The purpose of the talk was to help students explore how current research on brain activity can be used to critique the philosophical position of Dualism, a theory which argues that that the mind is both responsible for thought and is separate from the physical brain. This topic forms a central part of the A level specification; our students were very fortunate to be able to see how cutting edge research can help inform and extend their understanding in this area. The Religious Studies Department would like to thank Dr Mevorach for further developing student perspectives on theories surrounding the mind.

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