Outline principles that define the cognitive level of analysis - for example: Mental representations guide behaviour; Mental processes can be scientifically investigated.Explain how principles that define the cognitive level of analysis may be demonstrated in researchDiscuss how and why particular research methods are used at the cognitive level of analysis.Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at...

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Isabella Kelly 30 August 2016 - 07:27

Hi John,
I'm just hoping to confirm the principles of the CLOA. I have taught my students the following;
*Human beings are information processors.
*Mental processes can be studied scientifically.
*Mental representations guide behaviour.

However, a text that we use as a teaching resource, 'Oxford IB Study Guides, Psychology for the IB Diploma' by Jette Hannibal, lists the following principles;
*Human beings are information processors and mental processes guide behaviour
*The mind can be studied scientifically
*Cognitive processes are influenced by social and cultural factors

I noticed in one of the samples for the syllabus point 'Outline principles that define the cognitive level of analysis', that the critique of the response mentioned the inclusion of "Cognitive processes are influenced by social and cultural factors" as incorrect.

Could you please confirm that the principles taught should be those that I mentioned above?

Thank you in advance!

Kind Regards,

Isabella Kelly

John Crane 31 August 2016 - 21:18

I would not use the principle that social and cultural factors influence cognition - as this is SCLOA, not cognitive. It does not get high marks for an SAQ as it does not "define" the cognitive level of analysis. What you have taught is totally appropriate.

Isabella Kelly 3 September 2016 - 23:38

Hi John,

Thanks for your reply!

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