Key studies in the CLOA

IB Psychology: Key studies in the CLOA

Often in textbooks we find that there is less information about studies than we feel that students need in order to really understand them and apply critical thinking when discussing them. In response to this, we have developed a number of "key study guides" which are meant to help clarify the aim, procedure, results, and implications of research in each level of analysis and for the options. The guides also include...

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Comments 5

Jeff Dennis 20 December 2016 - 01:49

Which studies would you say would serve as the best examples of "Cutting edge" & Traditional?

John Crane 31 December 2016 - 11:41


Happy new year! As for which studies to teach, I would say that it is always best to choose studies that you think that the students will understand. When it comes to modern vs. classic, there is no problem choosing classic studies, but the IB has strongly recommended that the research be from 1950 and older. Studies from the 1800's often are incorrect in light of modern findings and should be avoided. Many universities are even more modern in their approach. My students at St Andrew's have told me that they are not allowed to use research older than 20 years old! That may be the other extreme. In my opinion, modern research allows students to apply critical thinking skills in a way that the old studies do not, since there is so much written about the limitations of the older studies.....

James Ranni 6 January 2017 - 04:48

As someone new to IB, these studies all seem pretty ancient considering the explosion in cognitive neuroscience in the last 20 years. I thought IB updated every 5yrs or so?

James Ranni 6 January 2017 - 04:56

That came out wrong... the studies above are excellent to prove certain points and I don't want to come across as disparaging of the content but rather want to inspire with more recent information.

John Crane 8 January 2017 - 09:08

Dear James,

I find the course to be a battle between the foundations of psychology and the modern image of psychology. Most introductory courses are the former - and I wish they were more of the latter.

The goal of the "core" is for students to understand the discreet differences between cognitive, biological and sociocultural approaches to psychology. Cognitive neuroscience combines two of these areas - cognitive and biological. This doesn't mean that we don't discuss cognitive neuroscience, but in order for the students to do well, they need to understand what the foundations of cognitive theory are. If that makes sense....

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