Paper 1 A Answer all three SAQs One hour App.. 250 words Paper 1B Choose one of the three essays One hour App.. 800 words.

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  • Paper 1 AAnswer all three SAQsOne hourApp.. 250 wordsPaper 1BChoose one of the three essaysOne hourApp.. 800 words

  • Paper 2 SLChoose one essay from three possibilities for each optionPaper 2 HLChoose two essays, each from different options

  • Students will be expected to demonstrate the following:

    1 Knowledge and comprehension of:A specific contentB key terms and conceptsC psychological research methodsD a range of appropriately identified psychological theories and research studiesE the biological, cognitive and sociocultural level of analysisF one option (SL) and two options (HL)

  • 2. Application and analysisA demonstrate an ability to use examples of psychological research and psychological concepts to formulate an argument in response to a specific question

    3 Synthesis and evaluationA evaluate psychological theories and empirical studiesB discuss how biological, cognitive and sociocultural level of analysis can be used to explain behaviourC evaluate research methods used to investigate behaviour

    4 Selection and use of skills appropriate to psychologyA write an organized response

  • Have a look at the assessment details for paper 1 B and paper 2 (SL + HL)

    A: knowledge and comprehension Total of 9 marksB: Evidence of critical thinking: application, analysis, synthesis, evaluationTotal of 9 marksC: OrganizationTotal of 4 marks

  • The Introduction: introduce the essay question and your line of argumentThe main body: present information in a clear and logical manner build an answer to the essay questionEach paragraph should contain an argument and include relevant knowledge to support it (maybe also counter-argument)The conclusion: relate directly to the question raised your ultimate answer based on your argument

  • Read the essay question very carefully

    Identify command terms and content (what are you suppose to do and with what?)

    Make an outline (e.g. mind-map) spend ten minutes planning and you will have 50 minutes to write and check your answer

  • Focus on the questionClear structureApply critical thinking skillsYou have to argue! ( persuasion)Write for an audienceYour job is to convince by solid arguments and evidenceDont let the reader be left to guess!

  • Discuss the use of one research method (e.g. experiments, case studies) in the cognitive level of analysis. Use relevant research studies in your response. [22 marks]Now, with eight steps, create an outlineStep one: identify command termsStep two: identify contentStep three: find one relevant research studyStep four: what argument?Step five: consider the argumentStep six: make an outlineStep seven: write according to your outlineStep eight: read through your essay

  • identify command terms: discussidentify content: one research method is the experimental methodfind one relevant research study: Loftus and Palmer (1974) on the role of leading questions on recall (memory)what argument? 1. Why the experimental method is used in the cognitive level of analysis 2. possible reasons for using it in Loftus and Palmer 3. Was it a good choice - evaluationconsider the argument: could other methods be used instead? And why do they use the experimental method?make an outline: structure of your essaywrite according to your outlineread through your essay

  • Introduction: explain why the experimental method is used in the cognitive level of analysis and how this is illustrated in Loftus and palmer (1974)Paragraph 1: The cognitive level of analysis discuss why the experimental method is used in some studiesParagraph 2: characteristics of the experimental method, including strengths and limitationsParagraph 3: why the experimental method was used in Loftus and Palmer (1974) rather than another methodParagraph 4: Briefly describe the study, focusing on the experimental features to justify the use of the experimentParagraph 5: evaluationConclusion: how the experimental method has proved useful in research studies on memory, but it is important to be aware of the limitations of the method, especially when generalizing to real-life memory


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