Mindhacks is a fantastic blog which is well worth checking out regularly. It always has interesting posts and lots of cutting edge research relevant to all of the major topics on the AQA (A) A level. I read it everyday and use it as a major teaching and learning resource.

This month alone they have posts on: the yin and yang of cannabis and psychosis; Freud, magical thinking, Autism, and loads more. There are usually some weird or fun posts as well: psychoanalyst finger puppets?

They also have an excellent weekly round up of links to the latest research, interesting posts on other blogs, articles in scientific journals and magazines that you can read on-line, called Spike Activity.

Mindhacks also publish the location of Encephalon the psychology and neuroscience writing carnival that rounds up the best of the previous fortnight's online mind and brain writing.

The latest edition of Encephalon is published on GNIF Brain Blogger. This edition has a link to the blog SharpBrains. As GNIF Brain Blogger states:

"SharpBrains is running high-school student essays on their blog. Thus far, they have written on Alzheimer’s disease and its prevention. What a pleasure to see students interested in science, medicine, literature, and popular media… I recommend other bloggers to take on such a project. Simply, team up with a high school teacher in a subject of your respective blog and make arrangements to have their student’s write potential blogs/essays — not only will they learn the discipline, but also how to effectively portray complex topics to a general public".

I have wanted to organise something like this for some time. It would be excellent if other sixth forms, colleges, and FE colleges that offer A levels in psychology could help their students to set up blogs and publish essays, research projects, and general fun psychology stuff. We could then run something similar to Encephalon.

If this is too difficult to organise then maybe students could send their work to a blog to be included? Why just stick to posters on a wall in a classroom where no one else can see your work when you can post stuff on the internet and have the whole world see and appreciate what you have done? Well maybe not the whole world.

Here's a few examples to get people thinking: Fruitfly.

I will post more as I find them.


AlvaroF said...

Mark: this is Alvaro from SharpBrains. We always enjoy reading good students essays on brain research and implications for our lives, and would be glad to review and publish some essays by your Psych students. Let's talk!

Shaheen said...

We hosted the last edition of the Encephalon. We at the GNIF Brain Blogger welcome student essays/blogs. They can be submitted here. We will read and review all submissions... Thank you.