Learning about the biological basis of psychology may initially sound like a lot of fun, but in reality it can be quite tedious for students. There is a lot of complicated terminology to learn in a short space of time, and many of the concepts are completely different to what they may have studied previously. Many students start the semester stating “but I want to be a counsellor or psychologist, why do I need to learn about brain cells!? And why do they all have such complicated names!?” This sentiment is shared by many, and it is consistently reported that biological psychology is a difficult course. In saying this, by using simple visual demonstrations during lectures, such as water balloons, abstract and microscopic concepts such as how cells work together to fire can become real. We teach students that novelty enhances the learning process, so why not apply this theory ourselves? The biological basis of how cells work together to fire, which is the underpinning of every action and reaction we have, is enhanced by the use of simple and fun visual aids such as water balloons.
Award: Best presentation from Faculty of Arts and Business/Faculty of Law
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.23-24