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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 20 Jan Gregory Shaw
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    John, one of my HL groups wants to do a version of a product preference IA - Kilts, Montague, Wulf, or Stevens. Obviously they cannot use an MRI. Would any taste tests (such as Stevens use of soy milk) also violate IA rules?
  • They absolutely do NOT have to cite the year of a study in their responses. The IB does not mark down if students use animal research. As you can see, this study is appropriate for all of the learning objectives listed at the top of this page....
  • 20 Jan John Crane
    Writing the Extended Essay
    Dear Arshiya, I agree. They may want to investigate "To what extent does peer pressure influence ...." Of course, they will have to look at other arguments that show that there are other arguments for smoking. - and just an FYI, after many...
  • 20 Jan John Crane
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Dear Linda- that's totally fine.
  • 20 Jan Stacey Locascio
    Rosenzweig, Bennet & Diamond (1972)
    John, Me again :-) A couple of things as I am finding my way through this course. Once and for all...my kids don't believe me...Do they or do they NOT have to cite the year of a study in their responses? Also, if the IB frowns upon using animal...
  • 20 Jan Alex Von Wietersheim
    Schema theory
    Interesting article! I will tackle the Mahon and Caramazza study over the weekend and see if it lines up with that article from Scientific American. Thanks for the info!
  • 19 Jan Arshiya Bari
    Writing the Extended Essay
    Dear John, My student wants to do his EE on the following topic, " To what extent does socialization influence cigarette smoking in adolescents? For the variable " socialization" he has included two socializing agents: parents and peers. My...
  • 19 Jan Linda Maclean
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Hi John, One of my (HL) students would like to do the Perham and Vizard (2010) experiment, effects of different types of music and different types of speech on memory, with two conditions: with music and without music (silence). Is that acceptable...
  • 18 Jan Paulina Siekierska
    Internal Assessment SL Sample 2
    Thank you again :) Best
  • 18 Jan Jennifer Casaine
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Thank you John. My students have tried many different tasks such as "52 pick up" with cards, stacking marshmallows and cup stacking. I actually haven't had to send in a sample for this particular experiment in some years, so each time I...
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    Schema theory
    Good question. I have found several studies by him - never alone. This citation was taken from a Scientific American mind article. From the Jan 2010 edition: Psychologist Alfonso Caramazza of Harvard University and his team found that the...
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Dear Jennifer - absolutely. Many students have done this in the past.