(Original post by Tombola)
Can someone give me an idea of what they found more challenging, or the information surprised them?
While I don't mind statistics (A-level maths). I wouldn't really describe myself as a biology fan. It'd be horrible to find myself in the position where I'm essentially learning neurobiology.
People have told me that most courses accredited by BPS is roughly the same, while at other places I've heard the course structures varies. Should I be too concerned with studying elsewhere as I'm likely to continue with Leicester. I'm happy here
So far, the main things I have found challenging come from theories of attention and memory. However I think that was more due to the way that it was presented to us by the world's most boring lecturer
Psych does occasionally throw up the odd surprising piece of research, and other times it can produce evidence of those funny little quirks that you may do which actually reveals that you're not the only one who does that.
It's quite amusing to see your own behaviour right there in front of you and you can't help but thing "I do that!!!". Take a look at odd things like the bystander effect which can have some pretty hefty impacts in things like evacuations. I.e. when the world trade centre was hit, many people failed to panic purely because the people around them didn't (because obviously the people around THEM wern't) and ended up doing things like shutting down PCs and going to the toilet
Psych has managed to replicate this phenomena quite potently in various other ways and has investigated what factors can influence it.
I also recently had quite an interesting lecture on cognition and attidues which presented ideas of how to change peoples' behaviour. The typical approach is to target their attitude, but alot of the time, the desired attitude already exists but the behaviour isn't manifested (I.e. "Oh I should really recycle, but I just don't."). However, if you change a person's perceived norms, you can have quite drastic results, increasing a behaviour by 2-4x. Even something as simple as changing the wording on a sign can do this, i.e. from "Please recycle your towels" in a hotel room to "89% of the people staying in this room recycled their towels" etc..
Obviously it isn't ALL neurobiological, Psych is a very broad topic. Often you can be presented with a cognitive theory which may touch on elements of neuroscience to back it up further which adds a nice element of concreteness to it all.
I know that the wiki page has really watered down Attributional theory and might seem like common sense, but if you look into more detailed applications of it, it is absolutely fascinating. I recommend "Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature" by Richard Bentall, a Clinical Psychologist.