InThinking Subject Sites
Join thousands of IB teachers worldwide and take advantage of our expert advice and ready-to-go resources.
Disclaimer: InThinking subject sites are neither endorsed by nor connected with the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Quote of the day
So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.
If you are interested in John Crane visiting your school to work with teachers and/or students, please contact us.
The vacation home exchange service for the IB community.
Feel at home when you travel the world.
Below you will find four sample SAQs for the question: Explain one study of neuroplasticity linked to human behaviour. For each of the samples, refer to the rubric to award marks 1 - 9. After each sample, there is a predicted grade as well as feedback on the strengths and limitations of the sample. SAQ rubricSAQ Sample 1One study of neuroplasticity was done by Maguire. She wanted to see if there was...
Below you will find four sample SAQs for the question: Explain one effect of neurotransmission on human behaviour with reference to one study.For each of the samples, refer to the rubric to award marks 1 - 9. After each sample, there is a predicted grade as well as feedback on the strengths and limitations of the sample. SAQ rubricSAQ Sample 1Neurotransmission is the process in which neurotransmitters...
Below you will find four sample SAQs for the question: Explain the use of one technique for studying the role of the brain in behaviour.For each of the samples, refer to the rubric to award marks 1 - 9. After each sample, there is a predicted grade as well as feedback on the strengths and limitations of the sample. SAQ rubricSAQ Sample 1Before the advent of modern technology, psychologists had to...
The following presentation is a tutorial for teachers on how the Extended Essay is assessed. It is particularly important to familiarize yourself with the rules for academic dishonesty as this can have a dramatic effect not just on their extended essay grade, but on whether they are awarded an IB diploma.
Essential understandings Our 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 our learned through our interaction and observation of others. Stereotypes affect behaviour. The sociocultural approach Psychologists recognize that human behaviour can only be fully...
The following page provides answers to commonly asked questions about the internal assessment. As more questions arise in the new curriculum, more questions and answers may be added to this page.What is meant by a simple experiment?The psychology course defines a simple experimental study as requiring the manipulation of one independent variable and measurement of one dependent variable, while other...
The sample below is one of three exemplars that I will be using with my students. They are all from the same experiment, there is a "high", a "mid" and a "low" scoring internal assessment.The experiment by Rogers, Kuiper and Kirker (1977), which focuses on the self-reference effect, can be found here.The appendices are not included on this page, but they are available...
This final lesson on thinking and decision-making focuses on heuristics - or cognitive biases. The research that is used here can also be used to support the Dual Process Model of thinking and decision making.It is good to remind students that several of these studies would be appropriate for IAs. They are easy to do and will help to revise this important concept in psychology.Demonstration of anchoring...
The following page is a study guide for students. I have created one that matches the unit planner for this unit - but it is a good idea for students to tailor-make their own study guide. Attached below you will find the form for students to fill in, but you may want to use the study guide below - and the studies that are listed - as a means for organizing your own revision of the unit.
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....
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.
The InThinking IB Psychology website was extremely helpful during my first two years teaching IB Psychology. I have been able to easily gain access and insight into the IB curriculum.
I am very grateful to have an "online collegue" to get new input from, and very importantly, a very organized and structured such.
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
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
21 Jun Jennifer Tsai Bove
Methodology: biological approachHi John, Can you use 'brain imaging' as a research method for the general outcomes on research? For examples could students use experiments and brain imaging as the research methods used in the biological approach to understanding behaviour?...
20 Jun Tarjei Holmefjord
Content changes: OptionsThanks for your response, John!
20 Jun Kathryn Blaszkiw
FAQs for Internal AssessmentHi John, in the example IAs provided, the students have a research proposal in their appendix, is it necessary to include this?
20 Jun Jakob Vestergaard
Forming the research questionThank you John for the advice.
20 Jun Marie Umerkajeff
Rosenzweig, Bennet & Diamond (1972)The link you refer to have the names in another order, Bennet, Diamond and Rosenzweig. I saw a film about Diamond and have noticed since then that her name most of the time comes last, when referring to these studies but if it should be correct...
20 Jun Dabalina Chatterjee
IA Exemplar MediumDear John, My students chose Craik and Tulving for their IA. the number of participants would be 20 (one group). they will get an exposure to all 40 words with two different questions that evoke deep and shallow processing like -The question...
19 Jun Mamta Bashisth
FAQs for Internal AssessmentThanks John, now I need to get on convincing them. Their heart is set set upon strictly following Baddeley 1966 study.
19 Jun John Crane
FAQs for Internal AssessmentDear Mamta I do not have a sample. The two IVs seem to be the level of similarity and whether it is acoustic or semantic. I would test only one of those only. So, either both acoustic both similar vs. dissimilar - or both similar but one...
19 Jun Mamta Bashisth
FAQs for Internal AssessmentOne of the group is planning to do Baddeley 1966, acoustic vs semantic with each having two condition. This will sum up to 4 conditions. Acoustic Semantic Acoustic similar Acoustic dissimilar Semantic similar Semantic dissimilar As per...
18 Jun Isabel McGann
LP 2b: The Dual Processing modelOh stroop effect- great idea!
16 Jun John Crane
LP 2b: The Dual Processing modelDear Isabel My students just did their final exam. They used examples of research on heuristics, Stroop effect and the Wason study. All of them are valid for answering the question.
16 Jun John Crane
Social responsibilityDear Angela Yes,I would agree. But personally, I will still teach them separately.