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Asking questions

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

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

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

Subscriber comments

  • 21 Jun Jennifer Tsai Bove
    Methodology: biological approach
    Hi 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: Options
    Thanks for your response, John!
  • 20 Jun Kathryn Blaszkiw
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Hi 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 question
    Thank 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 Medium
    Dear 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 Assessment
    Thanks 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 Assessment
    Dear 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 Assessment
    One 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 model
    Oh stroop effect- great idea!
  • Dear 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 responsibility
    Dear Angela Yes,I would agree. But personally, I will still teach them separately.