Linking core & options: Abnormal

IB Psychology: Linking core & options: Abnormal

The following is an attempt at a bit of backwards planning - that is, how does our choice of option inform how we teach the core? There are several learning objectives that we will have to teach as “stand alones” in the core and, regrettably, we will not be able to apply them very well in the options. You will see that this applies most strongly to the cognitive level of analysis. Wherever possible, I have made...

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Comments 3

Ian Latham 22 May 2016 - 20:52

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 process that leads to suicidal thoughts neatly and simply?). I had a student do this in the term exam for an 8pt question. Thanks.

John Crane 23 May 2016 - 05:08

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. As I far as I can read, that was not the goal of this study.

Ian Latham 23 May 2016 - 14:07


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