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Psychology SL and HL (IB) provides practical support and guidance to help students prepare for their DP exams for psychology at both SL and HL.


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Psychology for the IB Diploma Study Guide (Oxford). A revision guide that takes students through the learning objectives with clear guidance for how to answer the questions - whether as SAQs or essays.


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Asking questions

Thursday 1 September 2016

One of the most important skills that we can help our students to develop is the skill of "asking questions." This is fundamental to the inquiry... more

Changes to the EE

Friday 26 August 2016

As we all await the publication of the new psychology curriculum, we have also been given the new extended essay criteria. The first set of... more

Interpreting IA comments: Discussion

Thursday 11 August 2016

This is the final of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "discussion" section of the report. more

Subscriber comments

  • 22 Feb Jennifer Adinolfi
    Writing the inferential results
    Sorry , I need to clarify. With 2 conditions of memeory being tested (abstract vs concrete) is it acceptable for the student to use the t-test To show the difference in recall of words?
  • 22 Feb Katarzyna Płachta
    ERQ: compliance technique
    Mr Crane is there a specific format that students should follow when it comes to an essay? Is it a discursive essay? Or it depends on the command term used in the question? Does it have to have a thesis statement in the introductory paragraph?...
  • 22 Feb Thomas Crieghton
    Tips for IA
    Hi John, She replicated Loftus and Palmer's experiment on leading questions. The same video as in the original experiment was used. After the video was first shown to the participants, they were asked "How fast do you think the cars were going...
  • 22 Feb Dabalina Chatterjee
    The Letter of Consent
    hello John, I have a question regarding wilcoxon signed rank test. My student worked on stroop test and the sample size was 20. after calculating the data, the result is as follows- w=-190,z=-3.81. how to frame the sentence. ?
  • 21 Feb Isabella Kelly
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Hi John, Thanks for your response! She aims to use the Likert scale as her measure of how strongly the participants agree that the baby is 'pretty', 'delicate' etc. But could she measure this instead by having them tick boxes or pictures etc...
  • 21 Feb Jill Goodreau
    Effects of stereotyping
    Thanks John! That makes things clearer!
  • 21 Feb Katarzyna Płachta
    Social Learning Theory
    Mr Crane, thank you very much for such a prompt reply. I truly appreciate.
  • 21 Feb John Crane
    Social Learning Theory
    Dear Katarzyna - this is a puzzling learning outcome. It says "two studies" but it can only be asked as an SAQ. I think that this was an error in the guide when it was published. I would have my students only prepare one for the exam.
  • 21 Feb John Crane
    Tips for IA
    Dear Thomas, I would need to know what those changes were to be able to tell you whether it was ok. John
  • 21 Feb John Crane
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Dear Isabella, the experiment itself is fine, but I am not sure about the Likert scale. Why is this necessary? Her hypothesis cannot be correlational with regard to the traits of the participants, so this is unnecessary.
  • 21 Feb John Crane
    ERQ: Memory models
    The question is "models and/or theories" - so that is fine, Alex.
  • Thanks, Angela. On holiday with my parents. Life is good - until Monday!