Exam Question Bank: HL Extension Cog – Technology & Cognition

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Whether you're a student looking for help with studying or a teacher writing mock exams, these questions should help.

One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics.

Cognitive Approach: Technology and Cognition

Cognitive extension topics: “Cognitive processing in the digital world.”

  • The influence of digital technology on cognitive processes.
  • The positive and negative effects of modern technology on cognitive processes.
  • Methods used to study the interaction between digital technology and cognitive processes.

Cognitive approach topics:

  • Cognitive processing
  • Reliability of cognitive processing
  • Emotion and cognition

Remember that the extension questions are created by combining the HL extension topics with the three topics in each of the approaches. 

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Exam Questions

Cognitive extension topics: “Cognitive processing in the digital world”

  • The influence of digital technology on cognitive processes.
  • The positive and negative effects of modern technology on cognitive processes.
  • Methods used to study the interaction between digital technology and cognitive processes.

Cognitive approach topics:

  • Cognitive processing
  • Reliability of cognitive processing
  • Emotion and cognition

Essay questions*

  • Discuss the influence of digital technology on one or more cognitive processes.
  • Discuss the influence of digital technology on the reliability of one or more cognitive processes.
  • Discuss positive effects of digital technology on one or more cognitive processes.
  • Discuss one or more negative effects of digital technology on cognitive processes.
  • To what extent does technology have a positive effect on cognitive processes?
  • Evaluate one or more methods used to study the interaction between technology and cognitive processes
  • Discuss the use of one method used to study the influence of technology on cognitive processes.
  • Discuss the use of one method used to study the influence of technology on the reliability of cognitive processes.
  • Discuss positive and/or negative effects of digital technology on emotion and cognition.

*The HL extensions are only assessed in Section B of Paper 1, the essay section. No SAQs will reference the extension materials.


 

Disclaimer: These questions are not IB “official” questions and are written with our best guess as to what the probable exam questions may look like. Therefore, not every possible question is covered.

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