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a young Person's guide to

the mind


Welcome to the Young Person's Guide. This website aims to share the research being carried out by Irish Scientists in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the HSE  and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience with students and teachers in secondary schools around the country.

Explore to find a range of free educational resources for Junior Science and Junior Cycle Wellbeing students, lesson plans and links to the curriculum for teachers.



Is cannabis a harmless drug or are there risks for young people?


Watch our experts discuss the top 3 risks for young people and explain the science behind cannabis use.


Four lessons have been developed to address some of the learning outcomes in the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Specification. Each link provide a full lesson plan, resources, background information and an explanation video from our teaching team.


What are MRI scans and how do they work? Understand how an MRI scanner works and what we can learn from them. 


How does our memory work and what do scientists use to test it? Carry out your own memory experiments and learn about how to improve your own memory.


We look at the cutting edge research being done by Irish researchers on psychosis. What is it, what are the symptoms, how common is it and how do we study it?


How does science in the real world differ from what you do in the classroom? What are the challenges that scientists face and why is it important to our lives?

We speak with Dr Erik O'Hanlon from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to answer these questions and see what it's like to have a career in Science. 

What does it mean to be a scientist

What does it mean to be a scientist

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The links between each of these topics and the Junior Cycle Science specification are explored in a dedicated section for teachers. We look at classroom activities and the specific learning outcomes that can be explored. ​

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PERL Group

Psychiatric Epidemiology Research across the Lifespan (PERL) Group was established by Professor Mary Cannon.


The PERL group is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and uses a range of research approaches to explore, uncover and better understand early indicators of risk for mental disorders in adolescents and young adults.  

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