Writing samples for BLOA

For each of the levels of analysis, we are including annotated examples of responses. The responses are not from the IB. They are either created by us as examiners, or they are edited copies of work done in-class by our students. Often the editing was done to provide examples of a common mistake or in order to show something that should be done for higher marks. Here is a list of the learning outcomes for the...

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sue elliston 19 September 2016 - 09:57

I am just beginning my teaching of IB. Please can you explain why the Maguire study cannot be used for brain Imaging please. Many thanks

John Crane 20 September 2016 - 08:21

Dear Sue - Maguire is find for brain imaging. I looked here and don't see anywhere that says that this is not a good study for that learning object. Did you see that somewhere else?

sue elliston 12 October 2016 - 07:36

Dear John
Thank you for replying. I can't remember where but yes I had seen it written that it should not be used for this. Could it also be used for localisation of function? Many thanks. Sorry for the delay in reply but I couldn't remember where I posted the q!

John Crane 12 October 2016 - 08:25

A bit of a tricky one with localization of function, unless the students write about the differences between the anterior and posterior hippocampus....

SREEKALA SURESH KUMAR 15 October 2016 - 14:59

Hello John, This is my first year teaching IB Psych and many , many thanks for your notes and outlines- I use them extensively. I am a bit confused with the approach for - Discuss 2 effects of the environment on Physiology and Discuss one effect of interaction between cognition and physiology in terms of behaviour.
For the first one- I taught Neuroplasticity here, highlighted Maguire's study and that of Rosezweig, Bennet & Diamond. Can I teach them the effect of Stress ( Seyles's Model ) for the second effect?
What can I use as a study for the interaction between cognition and physiology?
If both these LOs can come as SAQs & ERQs, what would be the distinguishing features?
Thanks in advance,

John Crane 17 October 2016 - 08:43

I would use the research on emotion for the latter outcome on the interaction between cognition and physiology.

As for the first one, yes, neuroplasticity and then stress are great. It is exactly what I also teach my own students.

SREEKALA SURESH KUMAR 25 October 2016 - 12:21

Thank you, John. Could you help me with the following question:
Discuss ethical considerations in research into genetic influences of behaviour. (SAQ: Describe, analyse, explain; ERQ: examine)
What would be the distinguishing feature of the answer if it is an ERQ question?

John Crane 30 October 2016 - 16:28

If it is an ERQ question, then the students would have to discuss various ethical considerations and not just one.

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