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Asking questions

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Changes to the EE

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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

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  • 25 Apr Monali Sharma
    Multi-store memory model
    Dear John Aren’t we supposed to cover Sperling’s experiment on sensory memory? Monali.
  • 25 Apr John Crane
    Kulkofsky et al (2011)
    Dear Ian, I think that McGuagh and Cahill is fine and does not have to be combined with Quevain. As for the students' comments about FBM, it is not really accurate unless they clarify which types of FBMs are fewer - that is, those of personal...
  • 25 Apr John Crane
    Internal Assessment
    Dear Kelly, I am a bit confused. If the students had interval data, why did they use the mode? They should use the mean and calculate standard deviation. The descriptive stats cannot tell you if the data is significant, only the inferential...
  • 25 Apr Andrew Martasian
    Evaluating EE questions
    Thanks John, it sounds like a very interesting topic and we do have access to a few databases, so the research should not be an issue. Thanks for the help!
  • 25 Apr Karen Hinnen
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    If the original experiment utilized an Independent Measures Design, may the students alter it and use a repeated measures design? Also with a repeated measures design, may the students have 10 participants (because they are testing both conditions)...
  • 25 Apr Beth Wasylyk
    The unseen passage: Paper 3
    Hi John, Do the students have to state a method that is listed in the syllabus? Different sources and study guides have different research methods and sampling methods included. Thanks!
  • 25 Apr John Crane
    ERQ sample: Cognitive methods
    Dear Dabalina Questionnaires can be considered either a method or a data gathering technique. In some ways, questionnaires can be like written interviews, where the individual responds to a number of general questions. This is often considered...
  • 25 Apr John Crane
    Evaluating EE questions
    Dear Andrew I would let the student try it. There is more and more research on virtual reality treatment, the question is whether your student will have access to it based on what types of databases and materials are available to him/her.
  • 25 Apr John Crane
    Do's and Don'ts for EE
    Dear Tripti, This may be a bit too specific by limiting it to the US. Otherwise, it is a fine question.
  • 24 Apr Andrew Martasian
    Evaluating EE questions
    Hi John, I was wondering about the following question: To what extent is virtual reality therapy effective at treating PTSD in war veterans? My concern was that the question asked about virtual reality treatments, which might be too new to...
  • 24 Apr Ian Latham
    Kulkofsky et al (2011)
    Can McGaugh and Cahill be used (instead of Sharot) as evidence for the biological mechanism (adrenaline) that Brown & Kulik did not detail? (Or only if combined with Quervain perhaps?)
  • 24 Apr Ian Latham
    Kulkofsky et al (2011)
    My students understand the personal significance bit but then insist on adding that 'in collectivist... less likely to form FBM' as if theyve come across the info somewhere. Is there any truth in this?