Year 12 Psychology students visited UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.

Year 12 Psychology students were able to undertake first hand learning from the world of industry when they visited UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.

Students were treated a tour of the centre and received a first-hand experience of the research conducted there. Students started at the MRI scanner where they saw an MRI scan take place on a pineapple. They then moved across to the analysis room where they were shown how to analyse the image of the pineapple, along with some human scans. After this, the students had the exciting opportunity to view one of the very few MEG scanners in the country.

The final part of the experience involved a group made up of engineers, chemists, clinicians and psychologists who spoke to the students about their research. The students asked them questions about their field of work and their route into the profession. On the way home, they were able to stop off at The Grant Museum of Zoology to observe the hundreds of animal specimens, which provided fascinating evidence of evolutionary science and psychology in action.

One student said: “I found the trip so interesting and I'm grateful we were able to see and learn about what we saw, as it has widened my knowledge of what psychology involves.”