Exam Question Bank: HL Extension SocCult – Globalization

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One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics. Sociocultural Approach: Globalization Sociocultural extension topics: “The influence of globalization on individual behaviour.” How globalization may influence behaviour The effect of the interaction of local and global influences on behaviour Methods used to study the influence of globalization on behaviour Sociocultural …

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: 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 …

The negative effects of digital technology on cognition #2 (with key studies): TV, attention and working memory

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Technology’s Negative Effects on Memory Numerous studies have investigated the effects of watching television on working memory and executive functions because kids in developed countries tend to watch a lot of television. Watching TV for long periods of time might be harmful for cognition because it doesn’t require us to use our working memory, unlike other activities like reading, doing …

Technology and Memory: The negative effects of digital technology on memory #1 (and key studies)

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The following has been adapted from our exam revision book: IB Psychology: A Revision Guide (available here). This is relevant for the working memory model and also for the HL extension: the (negative) effects of technology on cognitive processes and the reliability of cognitive processes. In this post we look at the negative effects of computer games and other technology …

Can computer games improve working memory? A look at the positive effects of digital technology on cognition (and key studies)

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The following has been adapted from our exam revision book: IB Psychology: A Revision Guide (available here). This is relevant for the working memory model and also for the HL extension: the (positive) effects of technology on cognitive processes and the reliability of cognitive processes. In this blog we look at the positive effects of computer games and other technology …

Key Study: Animal research on neuroplasticity (Rosenzweig and Bennett, 1961)

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Background Info For a long time it was widely believed that our brain’s growth happened at a fixed rate. Many people thought that by the time we were about 4 – 6 years old, our brains had stopped developing and we were either going to be smart, dumb or average and that this wouldn’t change in our lives. However, research …