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  • 19 Feb Anastasia Panidou
    Sample 1: Durability of relationships
    Dear John, thank you for your reply. One last question. My student is evaluating four critical risk factors that contribute to Alzheimer's Disease and after each chapter, she suggests methods for prevention, as critical thinking. Her RQ would...
  • 19 Feb Usue Orbegozo
    Writing samples: Cognitive
    Dear John, The emotion and cognition chapter only has one potential SAQ, and one ERQ. Both of hem could be answered using flashbulb memory. Is it safe to do that? I used to teach my students about Lazarus, Le Doux,... But they find it too...
  • Dear Dwi, If culture is not addressed, then they would lose marks in A (not focused on the question), C (not relevant research) and potentially D. As for B, if the focus is on the research method - and the research method is well explained,...
  • Dear Dawn No. As I said, this is a Paper 1 mock based on obesity - it is not how Paper 2 is assessed. The idea is to get students to take an assessment on the unit which gets them to think about how to apply the research to Paper 1. This...
  • 19 Feb John Crane
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    Dear Jill I am not really clear on what you are asking. The choice of hot or cold is not a DV. It is simply making the temperature of the drink highly salient. The choice to keep the gift (or whatever) is the actual DV.
  • 19 Feb Jill Poots
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    Dear John, Thank you for your prompt response. It's the design and stats I'm concerned about. With the second experiment they give a Likert scale as to the effectiveness of the drink and then have to make a choice - am I right in saying that's...
  • Hi John thank you for this mock obesity paper. I was wondering would the questions be as specific as this ie Explain one study of the role of genes in obesity or would it be more likely Explain one study of the role of biology in obesity? I...
  • Hi John, What if the question is "evaluate one research method used in investigating cultural influences on an individual's attitude, identity and behaviour" and the student used social identity theory? Would that lower their mark in Criterion...
  • 19 Feb John Crane
    Unit plan: Treatment
    Dear Richard I think that the list is correct, except the first one is a bit problematic, as you note. In all of the other topics, the application of "ethical considerations" is linked to "the study of" We ask for ethical consideration in...
  • Dear Karl I do not know anything about this particular research. If the studies are actual studies that look at evolution of behaviour, than that could be ok. But when I look at Werker & Lalonde, 1988, I don't see anything that says that...
  • Dear Sania 1. Yes. However, the word "correct" is open to interpretation. In the former curriculum, they were very strict about the level of data. The problem was that researchers like Loftus used means all the time, regardless of the...
  • 19 Feb John Crane
    LP 9: Genetics and sexuality
    Dear Karl They will not be asked a question directly about epigenetics. However, several of the studies of genetics that they may use - e.g. Caspi, the Dutch Hunger Winter study - are based on understanding epigenetics. It is an essential...