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John Crane has worked at the International School of Prague since 1988. He has 20 years of experience teaching psychology and has done workshops for teachers for the past 12 years. His speciality areas focus on cross-cultural research with a focus on the role of culture in overcoming trauma within communities. He is also an avid traveler, having visited over 100 countries.
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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve
Erich Fromm 1900 - 1980
IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)
The Course Companion supports the syllabus and includes all options. It promotes cross-cultural links and provides connections to TOK. Ideas for EE are also included.
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.
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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↵For Paper 2 you need to know biological arguments for two disorders. Once you learn the strengths and limitations of the arguments, then you can easily discuss research for any disorder. Below you will find two arguments for the origin or etiology of Anorexia nervosa: Genetics and biochemical imbalances in the brain. You should know one study for each of the etiologies and be able to discuss the strengths and limitations of each of the arguments.
John Crane provides an invaluable resource for all IB Psychology teachers. The site provides up to date studies and relevant material in the current news. It has become my go-to source for IB specific materials.
The InThinking IB Psychology website was extremely helpful during my first two years teaching IB Psychology. I have been able to easily gain access and insight into the IB curriculum.
I am very grateful to have an "online collegue" to get new input from, and very importantly, a very organized and structured such.
Sunday 24 January 2016
One of the banes of the IB Psychology course is the number of studies that students are expected to learn. For a long time I have been telling... more
Sunday 22 November 2015
One of the evaluation strategies used by students on the exam is the "Hawthorne Effect." This is often used as a synonym for demand characteristics.... more
6 Feb John Crane
Ideas for Internal AssessmentI don't have a copy. Here is the best there is: The other study listed above can be located here: +and+Murdock+(1980)&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=gou1Vo6iM8LtaJizqIgO# Very similar.
6 Feb John Crane
FAQs for Internal AssessmentYes, that would be a fine idea.
6 Feb John Crane
Stigma and mental illnessYes, that would be correct. And yes - all responses are more like markschemes than student responses.
6 Feb Timothy Bruns
Ideas for Internal AssessmentDear John, I have a question, do you have a copy or a place I can find a copy of that original study for number 16 Sattler 1992? Have a student that replicated but having a hard time finding it. Thanks
5 Feb Hana Majzoub
FAQs for Internal AssessmentHi! My student would like to replicate Mozart's effect experiment! As part of his procedure ,he suggested giving participants a filler task during the 2 conditions which is spot the difference! Do you think it is a good idea ??
4 Feb Erika Payne
Cultural bias in DiagnosisWhat a great activity! I teach in a diversity school - this is exactly the type of thing we are looking for when trying to include social context into the curriculum. Thank you!
4 Feb Shabari Shields
Stigma and mental illnessHi With regards to the sampling method, for qualitative research would a volunteer sample be correct ? Are the answers to the questions on the stimulus material top mark band ? Many thnaks S Kar
2 Feb Hildegunn Stokke Rasmussen
Internal Assessment HL Sample 1Ok, thanks!
1 Feb John Crane
P1 Script 01Yes, if they just described the study without making the link, then 3 marks would be appropriate. However, Meany could be used for this question as long as it is directly connected to the role of stress on cognitive processes. If it is well...
31 Jan Erika Payne
P1 Script 01Thanks so much, this is how I felt about it. I used last year's paper for mocks, and the question was about social factors' impact on a cognitive process. I did not grant full points for the Meaney study, would you agree with that? The couple...
30 Jan John Crane
Writing better IntrosDear Chad, students are supposed to be able to find their own studies.
30 Jan John Crane
P1 Script 01Students should choose a study that clearly exemplifies the CLOA - and not BLOA - when asked these questions. It takes away all ambiguity in marking. If the study is relevant to memory, but focuses on biological factors (such as hippocampal...