NEW Revision Textbook: FREE Preview Now Available

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Our brand new revision book contains all the material students need to ace their IB Psychology exams. It takes the content from IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide and condenses it to a format suitable for fast, effective revision. DOWNLOAD FREE PREVIEW HERE! Delivery: 2 to 4 weeks (often much earlier, especially in Asia/Australasia) Supplements: IB Psychology – A Student’s Guide. Contents*: Introduction Biological Approach …

Key Study: Emotion and Memory of a Baseball Game (Kensinger and Schacter, 2006)

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Would you remember more about a wedding or a funeral? How about how you felt when you got an F on a test compared to getting an A? The effects of different emotions on memory is what Kensinger and Schacter’s study is about as they compare real-life memories of baseball fans from the 2004 world series final game – Boston …

Exam Tips: How to write a research methods essay

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One of the most difficult of the five types of exam questions to write about in IB Psychology is research methods. Like most other essay questions, students tend to focus on studies and miss other important aspects of the essay. In this post, I offer my best tips for how to write an excellent essay on research methods. Top tips …

“IB Psychology: A Revision Guide” Book Now Shipping!

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I’m so pleased to announce that our second textbook, IB Psychology: A Revision Guide (AVAILABLE HERE!), is now shipping and our first pre-orderers can expect their copies in the mail any day now, if they haven’t already got them. This book takes all the content from our first textbook (A Student’s Guide – here) and condenses it into 180 pages. Here are …

Essay Advice: Reconstructive Memory

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Recently my class worked on a take-home essay with the question, “Discuss research memory, making referencing to one or more studies.” When reading and giving feedback on their essays, I found myself making similar comments – and the same ones I’ve been making for ten years. So here’s some advice that might help you avoid the same mistakes.  Before we …

Key Study: Evolution of Gender Differences in Sexual Behaviour (Clark and Hatfield, 1989)

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If a man sleeps with lots of women he’s a “stud” but if a woman does it she’s a “slut.” By why does this societal double-standard exist and are men really more promiscuous than women? Clark and Hatfield’s classic study might be able to give us some answers to these questions. Background Information The perception exists in society that men …

Florida Workshop July 2019 – Logistics Information

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REGISTER ONLINE HERE ON OUR STORE! Dates: Wednesday – Friday, 17th – 19th July, 2019. 9am-4:30pm Location: Venice High School. 1 Indian Ave., Venice, Florida. 34285. USA https://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/schools/venicehigh/ Cost: $349 per person (Pay here or contact us for other methods, e.g. via bank transfer) Register Registration is automatic when payment is complete. Visit our store to register. Registration closes May 15th Notes Snacks, …

Key Study: Leading questions and the misinformation effect – ” the car crash study” (Loftus and Palmer, 1974)

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 Memory is a reconstructive process, which means memories are actively and consciously rebuilt when we are trying to remember certain things. Elizabeth Loftus, her colleagues and others studying this cognitive phenomenon have shown that during the reconstruction phase our memories can be distorted if we are given false information about the event – this is called the misinformation effect. Background Information …

IB Psychology – Grade Boundaries New Curriculum (Feb 2019)

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Are you wondering what you need to do to get a 7 in IB Psychology? It’s a bit tough to say exactly because as of now (February 2019) we have not had any exams for this new curriculum. But as I’m marking my students’ mock exams I have also created the grade boundaries that I will use for IB Psychology …

Key Studies: “Weapon focus” and its effects on eye-witness memories (Loftus, 1987)

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From decades of research we know that memory is not a passive cognitive process, but it is an active reconstructive one. As Elizabeth Loftus says, memory is not like a tape recorder that records things accurately and plays it back for us, but it’s more like a wikipedia page that anyone can go in and change. Loftus should know as …