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  • 18 Dec Michael Quemby
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  • 18 Dec John Crane
    ERQ sample: Genetics
    Dear Kim Yes, that is possible. But be careful of only using Bouchard's research - it is quite outdated and does not tell us much about the actual genetics of intelligence. If you are going to teach intelligence, I would try to also discuss...
  • 18 Dec John Crane
    Automatic processing activity
    Dear Brandon They are all different terms - and not necessarily related. Levels of processing has to do with the depth of processing - how much thinking is actually involved. Automatic processing is when we no longer have to consciously process...
  • 18 Dec Kim Goodman
    ERQ sample: Genetics
    Dear John. Could studies on IQ be used here? IQ being the 'behaviour'? Thanks.
  • 18 Dec Brandon Machin
    Automatic processing activity
    Dear John, I am trying not to confuse my students . . . So, what is the difference in automatic processing, levels of processing, and system 1 and system 2 (dual-processing)? I am having a hard time keeping these separate. There seems to be...
  • Dear Natasha I have my own students learn two arguments, but I would think that for exam day they should know one argument well.
  • 18 Dec Natasha Chan
    Biological approach to depression
    Dear John, Is it enough for students to just discuss genetics for a biological etiology ERQ for MDD? Either genetics (through 2 studies) OR the role of neurochemistry? Or is it best to discuss both genetics and neurochemistry? Thank for...
  • 18 Dec John Crane
    Writing samples: Cognitive
    This 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 Evaluation
    Dear Tripti They should consider the strengths of using an independent samples. They can find these in the reseach methods section of this site:
  • Dear 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 approach
    Dear 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...