The Year 12 Psychology visit to University College London was very enjoyable and impressive; we had the amazing opportunity to have a guided tour of the Neurology Centre. The researchers showed us an MEG and MRI (fMRI) scanner as well as giving a full explanation of their purpose and way they function. This allowed us to understand exactly what we had learned in our Psychology lessons, because we could see them in practice as well as see the software used and real examples of the imaging technology. We watched a person in the MEG scanner and saw live data being transmitted to a nearby computer where we were explained what was happening. The same happened with the MRI machine where we learnt how doctors and psychologists use this hardware to run tests and analysis on their patients. During this visit they used a pineapple to show us the structural aspect of how an MRI works, alongside previously taken brain scans in both an MRI and fMRI format. Learning the ways the analysts controlled and viewed the different types of data was very interesting, not to mention useful, because we could experience first hand what we had learnt in lessons.
Lucie, Year 12