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Prejudice and discrimination against minority groups has been studied extensively by social psychologists. Allport (1954) argued that prejudice can be reduced if the majority has positive contact experiences with members of a minority group. The research, however, to support this theory has been inconclusive. Some theorists argue that the contact hypothesis is too simplistic.The following study by...
Stereotypes can have many different effects on human behaviour. Some of these effects can have very negative consequences for those that are stereotyped. In the United States, we have seen a number of cases where police have shot and killed an unarmed black male. Why does this happen so frequently? How can this social problem be addressed? Payne et al (2001) carried out research on how stereotyping...
Biological research has shown that hormones play a key role in our feelings of hunger and satiety. Health psychologists argue that when the feedback loops that lead to hunger and satiety are somehow disrupted, this may lead to obesity or other disordered eating patterns. Biologists discuss these disruptions as a fault of some biological mechanism.Crum et al (2011), however, argue that cognition may...
Communication is an important skill for us to help our students develop - and writing is not the only medium for doing this!This activity asks students to mimic an online show called "Why are we all so stupid" to create a set of public service announcements (PSAs) about cognitive biases.Below you will find a description of the activity and a rubric that I use for assessment. Please note,...
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...
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...
In order to prepare for exams, it is important to prepare a "tailor-made" study guide. A study guide should reflect your own learning and not just what someone tells you is the "best" research to use on an exam.For the topic "brain and behaviour", you will find an attached study guide. I recommend that you attempt to fill it in before looking at the responses below. There...
This section focuses on the external assessment - that is, the exams that are sat either in November or May by your students. This section contains sample marking and marking practice. In addition, it includes tips for exam preparation. External Assessment Paper 1 is the same structure for both SL and HL. Students are required to answer three short-answer questions (SAQs), one from each of the three...
This lesson focuses on the role of neurotransmission in human behaviour - specifically, on memory.In keeping with the rest of the content of this mini unit on the biology of memory, acetylcholine will be the primary example given. However, there are other examples of neurotransmission affecting behaviour throughout the course; for example, dopamine and addiction; serotonin and depression; or serotonin...
There have been several clarifications given by the IB over the past few months. Many have said that they are difficult to follow. In order to assist, I am organizing these clarifications below, based on the relevant aspects of the curriculum. These clarifications are from the assessment clarification (June 27, 2018), the FAQ document (June 2018) and clarifications sent to all workshop leaders (Sept...
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.
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25 May Isabelle Lacoste
FAQs for Internal AssessmentProbably because I'm new to the course and don't know what the difference was before! But good, I'm happy to see I understood correctly! Thanks
25 May John Crane
Origins of prosocial behaviourWell spotted, Jane. I will fix this.
25 May John Crane
FAQs for Internal AssessmentAh! No one pointed that out the whole first two years! I will fix that. Thanks, Isabelle!
25 May John Crane
Moms and childhood obesityIan I think that is good advice. You may remember the discussion on Facebook about purposive sampling. In qualitative research, most sampling is purposive, meaning that some consider this an unnecessary qualifier and not a valid sampling technique....
24 May Jane Sidwell
Origins of prosocial behaviourI'm confused by the first question in checking for understanding. Do you mean to say "which is a true statement?".. Just the words "always" would lead me to believe they were untrue statements!
24 May Isabelle Lacoste
FAQs for Internal AssessmentHi John I don't understand this sentence in your text above: Each group must collect its own data. More than one group is allowed to research the same hypotheses (HL) or aims (SL), but each student must write up his or her own individual report. What...
24 May Ian Latham
Moms and childhood obesitySimilar query. The phrase 'recruited from' suggests they were contacted, asked and they volunteered - but this is not stated. While there is explicit reference to making use of the participants from a previous study - which directly relates...
24 May Emma Whittle
Ronay and von Hippel (2010)Thank you. Yes, I gave her 4/9 as I don't think she fully understood. I appreciate your advice.
24 May Daniel Rosen
Command TermsMany thanks. Sorry for the late response
23 May John Crane
LP 5: Ethics in animal researchFor hormones I use Sapolsky and Meaney. I do not teach any pheromone research in animals. As for genetics, I teach about the OB rat and Cases research.
23 May John Crane
Practicing Paper 3Dear Karlina I think so, but they would need to unpack it a bit more than the one sentence you have above.
23 May John Crane
Self-efficacy and pedometersDear Laura Students do not need to label it as a field or lab experiment. On a paper 3 I would only label it as an experiment. I think that this is a randomly allocated field experiment - which is totally possible. There is no lab as the...