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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.


Psychology SL and HL (International Baccalaureate)

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.


Psychology for the IB Diploma Study Guide (Oxford)

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

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

  • 19 Jan John Crane
    LP 9: Acculturation
    Weird glitch. Now fixed. Thanks, Jane.
  • 19 Jan John Crane
    ERQ: Culture and helping
    All questions that are in the guide for Paper 2 can be asked. There are no SAQs. There has been a clarification to IB coordinators that this was a mistake in the guide - and that the question may be asked, but the command term must stay a...
  • 19 Jan John Crane
    Wedekind (1995)
    Dear Sara, since there are no human pheromones, this is a study that shows something like a pheromone. This will surely be accepted.
  • 19 Jan Jane Gibbons
    LP 9: Acculturation
    Hi John, I cannot see the videos that you are referring to on this page.
  • 18 Jan Jeff Dennis
    ERQ: Culture and helping
    So, can this LO even be asked? As it is a level 2 question and Paper 2 is only ERQ's.
  • 18 Jan Sandra Mitchell
    Writing an abstract
    Praise the Lord!!! We were getting worried. Thank you for following up!!!
  • 18 Jan Sara Dean
    Wedekind (1995)
    Hi John, So you DO think Wedekind can be a pheromone study? I did not teach it this way but some of my students just used in on their midterm and I wasn't giving credit as I thought it was a genetic and evolutionary piece, not a pheromone ....
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    Evolutionary psychology
    The evolutionary explanation is "natural selection." The IB often words the question as "one evolutionary explanation of one behaviour," so students should know more about one behaviour (in terms of research) than others.
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    The "old" curriculum
    Dear Sara - yes, this earns a zero.
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    Paper 3 workbook
    Maria - much of it is useful. I still have not decided what to do with the "workbook" for the new curriculum, as some of it is just in too much depth. I hope to have something by the end of the year that will be a revision page, but right...
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    Internal Assessment
    They should have a title page with their title, word count, session (May 2018) and date of submission. If they have their identification code, they may include that as well.
  • 18 Jan John Crane
    HM: Milner (1966)
    Virginia, the IB accepts it. If you look at past mark schemes, a discussion of amnesia is allowed. Personally, I don't think it shows an interaction, but the IB does.