The multi-store model of memory (Atkinson and Shiffrin, 1968)

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50 years later and Atkinson and Shiffrin’s multi-store model of memory (aka the modal model) is still relevant today. This post summarizes the model in more detail than most introductory Psychology textbooks, which will give you the chance to distinguish your explanations from the rest.  Background The multi-store model of memory (the MSM) is a product of the cognitive revolution …

The answer to every question in psychology

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I’m about to tell you the answer to every essay question in IB Psychology. It’s a simple two word answer.  WARNING: you’re probably not going to like the answer. It may frustrate or disappoint you. You might think this is useless and no help whatsoever. If that’s your reaction, then you’re not ready for the IB Psychology exams. Or at …

The Prefrontal Cortex and Stress

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The following information didn’t quite make the final cut of our new eBook: “Stress: A Student’s Guide to IB Health Psychology.”  The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is important in stress because it’s connected with the amygdala through numerous neural networks. The PFC can increase or decrease amygdala activity depending on the thoughts generated by the PFC (i.e. how threatening we think …

Key study: Subjective social status and stress (Steen et al. 2020)

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The following is adapted from our latest book for IB Health Psychology about Stress. Social status is correlated with numerous physical and mental health problems, including stress. Socioeconomic status (SES) is the most commonly studied and it’s a type of social status measured by income, education, and employment. However, when studying stress and teenagers subjective social status might be more relevant. This …

Key Studies: Workplace stress, status and the Whitehall Studies

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This material was in the first draft of “Stress: A Student’s Guide to IB Health Psychology.” It was removed from the final edition in favour of studies about teenagers. The information is here instead as extra optional content for extended and/or interested students. Executive Stress Syndrome Hypothesis In the 1950s and 1960s, psychologists thought that high-ranking individuals had higher stress. …

How stress can kill: The HPA Axis & Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

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This material was in the first draft of “Stress: A Student’s Guide to IB Health Psychology.” It was removed from the final edition and the information is here instead as extra optional content for extended and/or interested students. What is stress? In laboratory experiments stress can also be measured in multiple ways, including physiological responses to the Trier Social Stress …

Wheel of Fortune: Biological Approach Exam Questions

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Click the “Wheel of IB Psych Exam Fortune” below to generate a random SAQ for the Biological approach. Scroll down to see some possible uses for this wheel.  Ways to use this wheel: Find an SAQ to practice writing exam answers. Click the wheel and say the study you would use for the question. Check your notes to make sure …

Key study: Subjective social status and stress in teenagers (Rahal et al. 2019)

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Social status is an important predictor of numerous mental and physical health problems. Generally speaking, the lower your social status, the more at risk you are for developing health problems, like chronic stress and heart disease. While socioeconomic status has been extensively researched, more modern studies are focusing on subjective social status. This is particularly relevant for understanding stress in teenagers. …