5. Sociocultural 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 sociocultural explanations of behaviour. The unit focuses on how groups affect an individual's behaviour as well as how culture affects us. Conformity will be the focus of the chapter.
Each chapter is divided into smaller sections with quizzes to test for mastery of key vocabulary and "checking for understanding" questions with sample answers to check for broader conceptual understanding.
Chapter 5.1 The individual and the group
This chapter looks at how other people affect our behaviour, even when we think we are acting independently. The key topics of study are:
Chapter 5.2 Culture, behaviour and cognition
This chapter looks at how culture affects not only how we behave, but how we think and remember. The key topics of study are:
HL Extension Globalization and identity
HL students are asked to delve a bit deeper into how globalization affects one's individual identity. The key topics of study are