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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.


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.


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Thursday 11 February 2016

Helping our students to organize the information for two years of psychology is a real challenge. Whether students take their notes in notebooks... more

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

Subscriber comments

  • So, for each participant you have two pieces of data for each of the conditions, correct? This requires a different level of statistic than is usually taught at this level. Remember, this should be an assessment - using statistics that students...
  • 24 May Korey Haugland
    Writing the inferential results
    My student conducted a study based on the halo effect. She used a repeated measures design, and each participant had four trials in which they were shown a picture of a person, along with a description of that person's qualities. The two...
  • The study was of depression, not of a cognitive process. The IB would give it in the low markbands. Potentially, zero marks. Students need to focus on the aim of the study. If the aim was to study perception, than it would earn credit....
  • SAQ: Explain how one biological factor may affect one cognitive process. Is it possible to use Janowsky et al, 1972 to argue that noradrenaline levels (biological factor?) affect perception/memory ( fact, how do you define the cognitive...
  • 22 May John Crane
    Effect of emotion on memory
    Yes, I would.
  • Chi squared only makes sense if there is more than one option. Could you let me know what you are replicating that is repeated measures with nominal data?
  • 22 May John Crane
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    yes, that is acceptable.
  • 22 May Elizabeth Mathew
    Effect of emotion on memory
    Hello John, would you advise students to use the TEACUP method here to "evaluate a/the theory". Thanks
  • 22 May Korey Haugland
    Writing the inferential results
    It is explained above that "For nominal data, the chi squared should be used for independent measures. A sign test should be used for repeated measures." Is it possible to run a chi-squared test for repeated measures?
  • 21 May Hildegunn Stokke Rasmussen
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Dear John, since I am pretty new to teaching IB psychology I have some questions concerning IA for SL-students. I have a few students who are replicating the writing vs highlighting experiment, but is it okey since they are SL, to simplify...
  • Dear Korey, Why would you be conducting a sign test? Why not a chi squared?
    Choosing an EE topic
    Thank you for the input. Will guide the student accordingly.