IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)

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 (International Baccalaureate)

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)

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.



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.

Graham Samson, Exeter College, United Kingdom (2015)

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.

Margaret Holtgreive, Reagan IB High School, USA (2015)

I am very grateful to have an "online collegue" to get new input from, and very importantly, a very organized and structured such.

Viktoria Bergö, Aranäsgymnasiet, Sweden (2015)


Choosing studies

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

The Hawthorne Effect

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

Student access - a nice upgrade

Saturday 21 November 2015

Those who are eagle eyed may have noticed a subtle change to the Inthinking Psychology site homepage recently. It is now possible to edit your... more

Subscriber comments

  • I 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 Assessment
    Yes, that would be a fine idea.
  • 6 Feb John Crane
    Stigma and mental illness
    Yes, that would be correct. And yes - all responses are more like markschemes than student responses.
  • 6 Feb Timothy Bruns
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Dear 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 Assessment
    Hi! 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 Diagnosis
    What 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 illness
    Hi 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 1
    Ok, thanks!
  • 1 Feb John Crane
    P1 Script 01
    Yes, 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 01
    Thanks 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 Intros
    Dear Chad, students are supposed to be able to find their own studies.
  • 30 Jan John Crane
    P1 Script 01
    Students 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...