Evaluating Psychological Theories

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Updated Aug 2020 Remember that before you can begin to evaluate a psychological theory you must first know and understand the theory in question. Once you know and understand the theory, including what it is a theory of (i.e. what it’s attempt to explain and how) and the key components of the theory, you can then begin your evaluation. Read More: …

Command Terms and Definitions

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Updated Aug, 2020 The command terms are the verbs at the start of IB exam questions. While they be important, they are actually far less important than many people think.  Command terms in SAQs Short-answer questions (SAQs) may use one of three command terms in IB Psychology exams: outline, describe and explain. However, you don’t need to worry about the …

What’s the difference between outline and describe?

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There is none. Quite simply, in an exam sense there is no difference between outline and describe and so if you’re worried about “meeting the demands of the command term” and trying to understand the nuances between these, don’t bother. There is one difference – the definition. A “detailed” (describe) account versus a “brief” (outline) account. But if you think …

Biological Research Methods Example Essay (ERQ)

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The following is an example essay about research methods used in the biological approach. It is by no means a perfect essay, but it would score well (14-16/22). The use of a human study instead of Rosenzweig would be one improvement, for example.  Example Essay: Research Methods Biological Approach to Understanding Behaviour Paper One. Part B: Discuss how and why …

IB Psychology Past Exam Papers

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Updated, July 2020 Past Psych specimen papers are available on the IB OCC website. If you’re a student, your teacher will be able to access these. You can also purchase these from the IB Online Store.  See examples of Past Paper One questions in this video See examples of Past Paper Two questions in this video See examples of Paper …

Evaluating Psychological Research (Studies and Theories)

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The term “research” in IB Psychology refers to theories and studies. It is absolutely essential to develop the skill of being able to THEORIES (Link) The above link will take you to a page that has some good guidelines on how to go about evaluating a psychological theory. STUDIES (Link) There are lots of ways to evaluate psychological studies. The …

Stating an Aim Clearly

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How is the aim of an experiment stated? Being able to clearly state the aim of an experiment, or any study, is important for when you want to clearly describe a study. It is also a key part of the internal assessment. Since the purpose (or aim) of conducting a “true” laboratory experiment is to investigate a cause and effect relationship between …

Hypotheses

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Updated June 2020 Writing good hypotheses in IB Psychology IAs is something many students find challenging. After moderating another 175+ IA’s this year I could see some common errors students were making. This post hopes to give a clear explanation with examples to help with this tricky task.  Null and Alternative Hypotheses Null Hypothesis (H0) The term “null” means having …

Answering Questions in IB Psychology: An Introduction

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How do we know what we know in Psychology? Research!  Throughout this course and in almost every lesson you’re going to be asked to answer questions, such as*: How do levels of serotonin influence behaviour? What causes depression? Can we trust our memory? In answering all of these questions you need to use research to support your answer. Research means …