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General Certificate of Education (A-level)
January 2011


Psychology A PSYA2
(Specification 2180)
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social
Psychology and Individual Differences




Post-Standardisation



Mark Scheme

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Mark schemes are prepared by the Principal Examiner and considered, together with the relevant
questions, by a panel of subject teachers. This mark scheme includes any amendments made at the
standardisation events which all examiners participate in and is the scheme which was used by them
in this examination. The…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011



SECTION A BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Question 1 a

AO1 = 4 marks Knowledge of stress in everyday life

Life changes = A, D, F, G
Daily hassles = B,…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011


Question 2

AO3 = 2 marks + 2 marks Use and understanding of research methods

Ethical issues could include:
· Informed consent
· Right to withdraw
· Protection…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011


Question 3 b

AO1 = 3 marks Outline of an emotion-focused approach to coping with
stress

Emotion focused coping involves strategies that deal with the emotions linked with…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011



SECTION B SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY


Question 5

AO1 = 3 marks + 3 marks Knowledge of types of social influence

Informational social influence is where someone conforms because they…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011


Question 7

AO1 = 4 marks Knowledge and understanding of explanations of independent
behaviour
AO2 = 4 marks Commentary on these explanations

The focus of this question is…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011



AO2 Commentary on these explanations
4 marks Effective commentary
Effective commentary that demonstrates sound evaluation of explanations of
independent behaviour.
3 marks Reasonable commentary
Reasonable commentary that demonstrates…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011



SECTION C INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES


Question 9

AO1 = 1 mark Identification of definition of abnormality
AO2 = 2 marks Limitation of definition

The definitions on the specification are:…

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A
Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences ­ January 2011


Question 10

AO3 = 4 marks Drawing conclusions from data

Possible conclusions:
· Some therapies are more successful for some disorders than other therapies.
· For some disorders…

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