Gr12 Psych: Evaluating Prison

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What you need to do… Your task is to evaluate the relative effectiveness of prison as a strategy to reduce violence in society. You need to use psychological evidence to support your evaluation. You can read all about it on this blog post. Your evaluation should focus on the effectiveness of prison to reduce recidivism rates as the other ways …

Does prison work?

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Origins of Violence Brain Function: The Amygdala and the Frontal Lobe Numerous studies have shown that there are correlations found between brain function and violent behaviour. In order to fully understand these studies, it’s important to have a general understanding of some of the functions of these parts of the brain. One important function of the frontal lobe is to regulate …

Conducting Interviews (12 HL)

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What you need to do… Imagine you are doing some research. You are to write 7 interview questions that you will ask of someone else in the classroom.  Possible topics to interview about include: Hobbies Travel Relationships Music Sports School   Show me once you have written your questions. You will then find someone to interview.   Task Two… What questions …

Observation Considerations (HL)

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What you need to know… When setting up and carrying out an observation in qualitative research there are many things that the researchers must consider (i.e. think about). You need to be able to identify what these specific considerations are and explain why they’re relevant in the particular context of the study. Considerations may be related to: Ethics Researcher bias …

Effects of Exposure to Violence

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What you need to know… In our unit on Crime and Violence you need to be able to answer two key questions: What are the effects of short-term exposure to violence? What are the effects of long-term exposure to violence? Remember you need research (theories and/or studies) to support your answers. You should be able to answer this mostly with …

Experiments: Designs and Controls

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What you need to know… By the end of this double lesson, it is hoped that you will be able to answer the following key questions. Make sure you take notes as you work through understand these key terms and concepts. How and why are controls used in experiments? How and why are experimental design types used in experiments? (e.g. repeated measures, independent …

Focus Group Interviews

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Your task… Read the following research topics and discuss in small groups the strengths and limitations of using a focus group interview in each one. Teens’ experiences dealing with eating disorders. Victims of sexual abuse as a child Alcoholics who have failed to give up drinking numerous times Male war veterans dealing with returning to family life

Qualitative v Quantitative

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What you need to know… One of the key questions for HL Psychology students to know the answer to is: “What is the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data?” Research in psychology can be divided into two major categories: Quantitative Qualitative It is important to understand the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data. Data in research simply means the information …