3. Cognitive approach

IB Psychology: 3. Cognitive approach

The IB Psychology course looks at behaviour through three different approaches: biological, cognitive and sociocultural. In modern psychology it is understood that these three approaches interact rather than compete to explain behaviour.This chapter looks at cognitive explanations of behaviour. There are two cognitive processes that are studied in this unit: memory and thinking. The HL extension looks into the question...


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Zheng Li 11 February 2018 - 13:53

Hi John,
For the new syllabus starting from 2019, I wonder if students need to learn "how biological factors affect one cognitive process" and/or "the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes" which is shown in the old syllabus?? Thanks!

John Crane 12 February 2018 - 14:05

Dear Zheng - the biology of memory may be used to address the required material of hormones, localization, neuroplasticity and neurotransmitters. The use of technology is now 'techniques used to study the brain and behaviour."

Lakshmi Priya Vivek 20 February 2018 - 10:58

Hi John,
I came across a question: Explain the use of technology in psychology. Does this refer to technology like videos and apps or scans? If this is asked as a second question in SAQ and if the students write about scans, MRI, FMRI etc..., will the answer be considered wrong?

John Crane 21 February 2018 - 06:37

Lakshmi, there is no question in the new curriculum that specifically states "technology" for SAQs. In the old (current) curriculum, the technology questions should be focused on brain imaging techniques.


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