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IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)

IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)
The Course Companion supports the syllabus and includes all options. It promotes cross-cultural links and provides connections to TOK. Ideas for EE are also included.

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Psychology SL and HL (IB) provides practical support and guidance to help students prepare for their DP exams for psychology at both SL and HL.

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Psychology for the IB Diploma Study Guide (Oxford). A revision guide that takes students through the learning objectives with clear guidance for how to answer the questions - whether as SAQs or essays.

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Asking questions

Thursday 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

Changes to the EE

Friday 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

Interpreting IA comments: Discussion

Thursday 11 August 2016

This is the final of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "discussion" section of the report. more

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  • 29 Apr Alison van Staden
    Designing the course (2017)
    Hello John When you say the exam setters may only set one question from each component of the options do you mean a component as 'Factors influencing diagnosis'; Etiology of abnormal psychology' and 'Treatment of disorders'. So one question...
  • 29 Apr John Crane
    Writing samples for CLOA
    Dear Rona - thankfully, no. Actually, the recent wording has been clarified to be "one" - rather than the plural. The plural here actually is a more general plural rather than requiring two. So, students may focus only on memory. If they...
  • 29 Apr John Crane
    IA menu
    Agreed. In the new curriculum, there will not be this requirement, but instead, the most appropriate statistics must be used. This will get over this rather formulaic and not always practical approach to statistical analysis. But for this...
  • 28 Apr Rona Sutherland
    Writing samples for CLOA
    Hi John, for the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes, I understand that (at least) two different types of technology would be required e.g. MRI and fMRI. Given that "cognitive processes" is plural, do we need to also have...
  • 28 Apr Laurie Williamson
    IA menu
    Thank you...so does this mean that SD is okay too? Really appreciate your help, it's just that SD doesn't seem very meaningful but they have to have a measure of dispersion.
  • 28 Apr John Crane
    Factors influencing obesity
    Dear Nikki - I think that those studies would be fine for biological explanations of obesity. There is not a problem that they are too new; this allows students to discuss the issues of research that is new and has not had a lot of replication.
  • 27 Apr Nikki Rotkosky
    Factors influencing obesity
    Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome Benoit Chassaing, Omry Koren, Julia K. Goodrich, Angela C. Poole, Shanthi Srinivasan, Ruth E. Ley & Andrew T. Gewirtz
  • 27 Apr Nikki Rotkosky
    Factors influencing obesity
    Also, there are studies using rats that link emulsifiers in food to obesity.
  • 27 Apr Nikki Rotkosky
    Factors influencing obesity
    John, Can we look at studies that link C-sections, and obesity, inclusive of our micro-biomes and gut health or is the data still too new? Also, a look at antibiotics during prenatal periods and early infancy? Thanks, Nikki
  • 27 Apr Hana Majzoub
    Choosing an EE topic
    Thank you John for your advice!
  • 27 Apr John Crane
    IA menu
    Yes, many students use the mean - as this was what was used in the original study. It is difficult to argue that this is not appropriate when this is what the original researchers actually did in their study.
  • 27 Apr John Crane
    Gender roles
    Dear Sara - that was very strange. I have relinked all of the videos. Not sure what happened there. Thanks for the heads up!