BLOA unit plan

IB Psychology: BLOA unit plan

This unit plan is simply a listing of the key ideas that were taught each week. For information about activities during this unit, please see the Biological Level of Analysis section of this website.Please note that there is a lot of overlap between memory research and this unit. You can also have a lot of overlap between human relationships and this unit. There is not need to "double up" on the research so that students...

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Comments 9

Dana Dean 20 August 2017 - 17:52

Hi John, will you be developing new unit plans to go with the new curriculum?

John Crane 20 August 2017 - 19:33

Dear Dana, yes, I will. This will all be happening over the next few months. You can see today that already I am setting up the site to start adding resources. First i want to make sure that the resources that are already available on the site are updated for the new curriculum - including the unit planners.

Dana Dean 21 August 2017 - 15:14

Thank you, I look forward to this, as I have already started teaching the new curriculum to my HL students.

Jessca Patella 23 August 2017 - 18:53

Hi John, Can you let me know which studies you are using for Archer and Sapolsky? I have done pubmed searches and curious which studies you are referring to. Thank you.

John Crane 24 August 2017 - 09:27

Dear Jessca

I actually no longer use the Archer (2006) study. Instead, I use Sapolsky's essay 'The Trouble with Testosterone" and research by Zak (see key studies.). I will update the lesson plan as we shift to the new curriculum.

Jessca Patella 24 August 2017 - 12:37

Thank you John for you quick response!

Sean Kelly 13 September 2017 - 05:07

Hi John, can you recommend a hook activity to build student interest and curiosity to start the unit? This is for my grade 10 (MYP) class, but I'll also be starting the unit with my year 1 DP students in a few weeks. Thank you and all best,

John Crane 13 September 2017 - 17:36

Dear Sean

I usually teach this unit last as then students understand memory - and we can then look at the biology of memory - supplementing what we did on flashbulb memory theory. So, usually that is my hook. You might want to give them a list of behaviours and ask them whether they think that they are biological or due to environmental factors. This could start a discussion of how would we find out and why does it matter. You could also show them a piece of research and get them to think about what the assumptions are and evaluate how the research was done. But you would have to have first discussed research methods to do this. Here is an example: Finally, you could start by having them study stress and how to manage it - and look at mindfulness. As it is the beginning of the year - this may be worth addressing. And then start looking at the research for mindfulness and why it may actually be so helpful to our health.

Sean Kelly 3 October 2017 - 10:21

Thank you for the insightful feedback, John.

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