Exam Question Bank: HL Extension Cog – Technology & Cognition

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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 …

Exam Question Bank: HL Extension Bio – Animal Studies

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One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics. Biological Approach: Animal Research Biological extension topics: “The role of animal research in understanding human behaviour” The value of animal models in psychological research Whether animal research can provide insight into human behaviour Ethical considerations in animal research Biological approach topics: …

Key study: “On being sane in insane place” (Rosenhan, 1973)

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Rosenhan’s famous study attempted to demonstrate the unreliable nature of psychiatric diagnosis in the 1970s and how poorly patients were treated in psychiatric hospitals. While his methods were a little suspect, the study seemed to make the point Rosenhan was hoping for.  Background Information One of the most influential studies conducted investigating the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality, and …

Key Study: Childhood stress and its effects on serotonin (an animal experiment), (Gardner et al. 2009)

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This animal experiment by Gardner et al. (2009) could explain links between stress early in life when we’re kids and our behaviour as adults. The use of rats in this study allows the researchers to manipulate and measure IVs and DVs in ways that would be impossible in human subjects. The study provides possible explanations for why early life stress …

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 …