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The following sample is a response to the question: Discuss a sociocultural approach to personal relationships. Discuss asks students to consider a range of arguments.The sample response is an example of an exemplary response that should receive top marks. Comments about the essay are included below.The highlighted areas of the essay demonstrate critical thinking.Sample essayEssay contentMarker's...
The following sample is a response to the question: Discuss how genetic similarities help psychologists in the study of genes and behaviour. Discuss asks students to consider a range of arguments.The sample response is an example of an exemplary response that should receive top marks. Comments about the essay are included below.The highlighted areas of the essay demonstrate critical thinking.Sample...
Health psychologists have found that obesity "runs in families." But is that because of genetics or is it because of the eating and exercise habits of the family?One of the ways to test this is through adoption studies. This study may be used to discuss the biological approach to one health problem. For Paper 1, the study may be used to discuss the role of genetics in behaviour or the question...
The following sample is a response to the question: Discuss a cognitive approach to personal relationships. Discuss asks students to consider a range of arguments.The sample response is an example of an exemplary response that should receive top marks. Comments about the essay are included below.The highlighted areas of the essay demonstrate critical thinking.Sample essayEssay contentMarker's...
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...
This lesson plan examines the role of emotion on memory. The theory that will be discussed is Flashbulb Memory.This part of the unit will introduce some of the biological concepts that will be discussed in the next part of the course - specifically, the use of an fMRI and the role of the hormone adrenaline in the creation of emotional memories.In addition, this part of the unit is also linked to the...
The following lesson plan looks at the Dual Processing Theory of thinking and decision making. There are several short activities used in this lesson which are all based on Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking Fast and Slow." The lesson is not research heavy because the research on cognitive biases - that is, heuristics - can also be used to demonstrate the model and how it works.Introducing...
The following lesson introduces the cognitive processes of "thinking" and "decision making." In addition, it will look at how psychologists study these processes, as well as the inherent limitations of such research.Students will first look at the role of interviews in studying thinking; specifically, they will look at a type of interview called a verbal protocol. Then they will...
Below you will find three sample ERQs for the question: To what extent is one cognitive process reliable?For each of the samples, refer to the rubric to award marks. After each sample, there is a predicted grade as well as feedback on the strengths and limitations of the sample. ERQ rubric Sample 1 Although we all seem to trust our own memories, many psychologists argue that our memories are less...
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.
An excellent resource which really supports my teaching. I particular have used the Paper 3 stimulus material - they have been a great resource especially the model answers.
Gracias por toda la informacón provista.
23 Mar Jill Goodreau
Ideas for Internal AssessmentThank you! I will get them to figure it out for themselves.
23 Mar John Crane
Enforcing the smoking banDear Danyelle So you can see that I am not crazy.
Thank you John for clarifying.
23 Mar John Crane
Enforcing the smoking banIn the original study, it is considered a quasi-experiment. I think that this is because it was looking at the British (who did not have a smoking ban) and the Scottish (who did). I think if they only looked at the Scottish before and after...
23 Mar John Crane
Writing samples: AbnormalDear Abraham, I tell my students to strive for two and not to try to do a lot more. If they do too many, they will most likely not write a lot of critical thinking/analysis and simply have a descriptive essay.
Sorry in addition, I know it says at the beginning of the stimulus that it can be considered as both. Also as people were surveyed before and after the ban, that means its more a natural experiment?
Hi John I am a little confused about the research method for this stimulus. Can you please clarify for me. Your response to Q1a was that the IV was the smoking ban - therefore isnt that more a natural experiment? If it is a quasi experiment...
22 Mar Abraham Chung
Writing samples: AbnormalHello John, for the following two ERQ questions, how many ethical considerations and approaches to research should be mentioned? Thank you! 1. Discuss ethical considerations in the treatment of disorders. 2. Discuss approaches to research in...
22 Mar John Crane
Introduction to IA presentationThe only addition is that you need to have students include the codes of the students that they worked with in their team.
22 Mar John Crane
Ideas for Internal AssessmentDear Jill If the groups had exactly the same treatment, then it is repeated measures. It not, it is independent samples. Remember, they should figure this out on their own as this is an assessment.
22 Mar Martha Mintner
Introduction to IA presentationHi John, Is there any guidance for the cover page? What should be on it and what should be left off from the "old way"?
22 Mar Anni Ahmavaara
IA clarificationsThanks John The top-marks sample on MyIB doesn’t have strengths and weaknesses for all three unless I’m being really dim!