Psychology textbook

This section of the site serves as a textbook for the IB psychology curriculum.  I decided not to publish a traditional textbook, but rather to provide a text that students and teachers can use online.  The text includes video, vocabulary resources, quizzes and full references.  In addition to the textbook, over time the rest of the site will be updated to include sample work for the new curriculum.

The chapters are presented in the order that I feel would make the most sense in teaching the course.  That being said, you may feel free to teach the course in whichever order you feel makes the most sense for you and your students.

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Chapter 1: Research in psychology

An overview of the field of psychology and a look at the research methods that define it.

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Chapter 2:  Critical thinking in psychology

What is meant by critical thinking?  How do we show this in our assessments? A toolbox of critical thinking strategies.

Chapter 3: The Cognitive approach

This chapter looks how cognitive processes affect behaviour - particularly, memory and thinking.

Chapter 4: The biological approach

This chapter looks at the role of biological factors on behaviour and cognitive processes.

Chapter 5:  The sociocultural approach

This chapter looks at the role of other people on our behaviour - as well as the role of culture.

Chapter 6: Abnormal psychology

This chapter examines the origins of abnormal behaviour and the effectiveness of both diagnosis and treatment.

Chapter 7: Developmental psychology

This chapter looks at the cognitive and social development of children.

Chapter 8: Health psychology

This chapter looks at how health psychologists promote positive health behaviours - and what the origins of health problems such as addiction, stress and obesity.

Chapter 9: The psychology of human relationships

This chapter looks at how people interact.  The chapter focuses on pro-social behaviour, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics.

Chapter 10:  Internal assessment

This chapter discusses how to write a successful internal assessment.

Chapter 11: External assessment

This chapter is an overview of how students are assessed on Papers 1, 2 and 3.

Selected Pages


Discussing discuss 8 January 2018

Some of the most common essay questions are those that start with the command term “discuss”. According to the IB curriculum...


Command Terms 8 January 2018

In the IB psychology course, there are two types of command terms. First, there are the command terms that may be used...


Paper 1: SAQs 8 January 2018

Paper 1 focuses on what the IB calls "the core." It assesses your understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural...


11. External assessment 8 January 2018

This section of the text will look at how the three exam papers are assessed. After outlining the requirements for each...


8. Health psychology 8 January 2018

This chapter looks at the field of health psychology This is done through the lens of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural...


7. Developmental psychology 8 January 2018

This chapter looks at the field of developmental psychology. This is done through the lenses of the biological, cognitive...

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