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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 (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

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

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

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

Subscriber comments

  • 23 Oct Pepsi Dayzon
    McGaugh & Cahill (1995)
    Hi John, can we also use this study for brain localization? Amygdala and fear in this case Thanks!
  • 23 Oct Danyelle Cawood
    Evaluating EE questions
    Hi John I have a student interested in doing a question similar to number 16. Could she do To what extent do biological and environmental factors contribute to criminal behaviour.
  • 22 Oct Hana Majzoub
    Hi John, I'm a bit confused about the new curriculum,in particular about this topic which is on pheromones. Thus, I need to ask you a few questions:Is it common for both SL & HL students? Is this topic a unit on its own or is it related to...
  • 22 Oct Danyelle Cawood
    Internal Assessment
    Thanks John for the feedback and I have now managed to open and save the powerpoints. Danyelle
  • 21 Oct Barbara Adachi
    Teaching ideas
    Wow! After 9 years I might have it right?!
  • 21 Oct Barbara Adachi
    Writing samples:Biological
    Could that be shared with the group? It would be helpful to understand the new grading. Thanks.
  • 21 Oct Anna Błaszczak
    Methodology in sociocultural
    Dear John, I used Festinger study as classic example of covert participants observation in SC approach (new guide) but then was confused because the topic called "cognitive dissonance" was included in cognitive approach. How do you thing, will...
  • 20 Oct John Crane
    Loftus & Palmer (1974)
    Dear Alastair - the point is that they cannot guarantee that they are actually "remembering" the accident, but perhaps are simply trying to answer the questions with appropriate responses. You are correct that this is not a great point, so...
  • 20 Oct John Crane
    Emotions revision
    Ian, I agree with you that misattribution would be a good argument for the "to what extent" part of the question. They could use LeDoux as well. Either approach would be fine. I think that the "to what extent" question here is rather difficult...
  • 20 Oct Alastair Ewins
    Loftus & Palmer (1974)
    Some of my students were a bit puzzled by the following claim in the evaluation of the first Loftus and Palmer experiment. “Another problem could be demand characteristics since the participants knew they were participating in an experiment....
  • 20 Oct Ian Latham
    Emotions revision
    Le Doux, Singer & Schacter and Speisman all provide evidence and/or theory supporting the interaction of cognitive and biological factors. Yet this can be a 'To what extent...?' question. If it is asked as TWE, then what is the counter-argument...
  • 20 Oct Alison Young
    Writing the Extended Essay
    Thanks John, This is my first year teaching Psychology and first EE. I just got your subscription last week and it has been an incredibly helpful resource already!