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As of the 2020 exams, students may be asked about "kinship studies." The term is, unfortunately, an incorrect one - but it is what will appear on exams. The term should be family or pedigree studies. The following study is linked to the study of depression and may be used in both the abnormal option and on Paper 1 to answer an SAQ on the use of "kinship studies" in the study of...
The following lesson plan focuses on disposition and health beliefs. It is important to remember that on the exam, students may be asked to write an ERQ on disposition or health beliefs. This means that they must be ready to write an essay on both topics.The health beliefs that will be explored are self-efficacy and optimism bias. The dispositions that will be explored is personality traits. However,...
The following Paper 3 looks at the role of mothers in a child's eating and exercise behaviour. It is a study that focuses on childhood obesity. It is also a case study. You will find sample responses at the end of the text.I have used this Paper 3 as part of our study of obesity - a good way to discuss the role of environmental factors in childhood obesity. Student copyThe stimulus pieceHealth...
The following lesson focuses on the biopsychosocial model of health behaviour vs the medical model of health behaviours.It is important to note that this is best taught in the context of a health behaviour - so, this lesson simply introduces the concept of the model. The actual research that you would use would to support the essay would come from the health problem that you teach - i.e. stress, addiction,...
Essential understandingsOur behaviour is influenced by others, even when we believe that we are acting independently.We have both an individual and a social identity which influences our behaviour.Behaviours are learned through our interaction and observation of others.Stereotypes affect behaviour.The sociocultural approachPsychologists recognize that human behaviour can only be fully understood if...
This section of the site is devoted to materials that may be used to organize and assist students in the setting up and carrying out of the internal assessment. The section includes suggestions for experiments to replicate, reminders of restrictions for the internal assessment, planners and checklists, as well as samples of IA's which students should consult before starting their report writing....
The following set of practice papers are not official IB papers. As of the creation of this page, there is only one specimen paper available. All of the papers are created here by me, based on examiner experience.The questions for the papers are always the same. An explanation of the questions is given below.For each exam, there is a set of sample responses. Remember that in the new curriculum the...
The following lesson introduces the Schema theory - its strengths and limitations. It is also a precursor to the lessons on reconstructive memory and the reliability of cognitive processes. This lesson takes two 80-minute periodsThe following Powerpoint was developed together with Anna Yakutonok from the Prague British School. It may be used together with the lesson plan below. Schema theory pptTask...
The following lesson introduces the Working Memory Model. In addition to learning about the model, we explore what is meant by multi-tasking. This lesson takes two to three 80-minute periods.For this lesson, you will need the following Powerpoint presentation. Working memory model pptEvidence to support the modelTo start off the class, I begin by asking students if there are any types of tasks that...
The following lesson is on the evolution of attraction. It starts with an overview of evolutionary theory and then looks at two key studies of the role of biology in attraction.The lesson finishes with an evaluation of evolutionary arguments in psychology. Another study - the study known as the Smelly T-Shirt study by Wedekind, will be addressed in the next lesson which focuses on pheromones - however,...
John Crane provides an invaluable resource for all IB Psychology teachers. The site provides up to date studies and relevant material in the current news. It has become my go-to source for IB specific materials.
An excellent resource which really supports my teaching. I particular have used the Paper 3 stimulus material - they have been a great resource especially the model answers.
InThinking has been a tremendous help for a first time IB Psychology teacher. The students have found the lessons relevant and rigorous. I am very impressed by the variety of materials and writing samples available on the website.
18 Dec John Crane
Writing samples: CognitiveThis is usually considered a social bias. Personally, I wouldn't use it until it is clearer from the IB what they are going to accept as a "cognitive bias." However, some people have been told that they may use attribution theory to answer...
18 Dec John Crane
Writing the EvaluationDear Tripti They should consider the strengths of using an independent samples. They can find these in the reseach methods section of this site:
18 Dec John Crane
ALP 2.2 Cognitive etiology of MDDDear Chandana A good question. I have the summary from a book called Abnormal Psychology with Cases - by Davison, Neale and Kring, p 276. They cite it as Joiner et al 1999, but there is citation in their references does not match. So, I...
18 Dec John Crane
Biological approachDear Jessica All questions may be asked as SAQs. There is no differentiation anymore between SAQ topics and ERQ topics. I have not finished the study guide for biological topics, but you can see a sample here of the the first sociocultural...
18 Dec John Crane
FAQs for Internal AssessmentDear Kelley We actually don't know yet what will be required when you upload the chosen scripts to IBIS. You will be required to fill in information regarding which students (and their candidate numbers) were in the group, the word count,...
18 Dec John Crane
LP 5: Social Cognitive TheoryDear Russel The theory is known as both - and I teach my students SCLT because they got confused the first year with other online materials calling studies simply Social Learning Theory. Students on the exams will most likely call it SCT...
18 Dec Russell Duncombe
LP 5: Social Cognitive TheoryHi John, the title for the page is 'Social Cognitive Theory' but under the first sub-heading Understanding the Theory it is referred to as 'Social cognitive learning theory'. Which term should students use or is there another reason for the...
17 Dec Sarah Asselborn
Introduction to IA presentationOk. Thank you for your feedback.
17 Dec Kelley Forester
FAQs for Internal AssessmentHi John, Does the IA need a Title Page? The guide refers to a header and what information must be included, but I can't find a sample that has all the information (like candidate numbers for the student and the group members) in the header...
17 Dec Jessca Patella
Biological approachHi John, With the new curriculum is there anyway to determine which topics might be a SAQ? I noticed command terms are not given on the MYIB.org for each objective, like it was for the past exam. Thank you, Jessica
17 Dec Chandana Bhandari
ALP 2.2 Cognitive etiology of MDDDear John, Will really appreciate if i could get the link or brief on Joiner et al (1999) study. Thank you.
17 Dec Tripti Rathore
Writing the EvaluationDear John, If my students are replicating Loftus and Palmer with independent samples design what can be the strengths of this experiment for evaluation.