Science of the Mind

Year 10
Subject Information

Science of the Mind is an option Science subject in both semesters of Year 10. Students must study 1 science in each semester of year 10 and may wish to study up to 4 semesters of science in total.

Subject Description

Science of the Mind is an introduction to Psychology and aims to show students how Psychology is connected to both life sciences and the humanities. The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviour and the behaviours of others. Students gain an understanding of the introduction to psychology through case studies. Students explore how psychology has an impact on sports and how mental health affects performance.  Students are given an insight into biological factors such as the brain and brain disorders, the nervous system and explore how messages travel through the body.

Psychology builds on the scientific method by involving students in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. By emphasising evidence-based procedures (i.e. observation, experimentation and experience), the subject allows students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking, and in making inferences. At the completion of this unit students should be able to reflect on how they have benefited from studying this unit and look at how society, in general, benefits from the study of behaviour.

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Criterion A:

Knowing & Understanding

Criterion C:

Processing and Evaluating

Criterion B:

Inquiring & Designing

Criterion D:

Reflecting on the impacts of Science

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