AS Revision Checklist

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REVISION CHECKLIST: PSYCHOLOGY
LIKELY TOPICS FOR THE SUMMER EXAMS
UNIT 1: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
STM & LTM: encoding, capacity, duration ­ the box!
Working Memory Model ­ possible 12 mark question, including research evidence for
and against
Misleading information and its effects on accuracy of EWT
Repeated measures designs : strengths and limitations
Hypotheses
Validity: internal and external
Ethical issues and ways of dealing with them
Anxiety and age and their effects on accuracy of recall in EWT
Memory improvement strategies ­ try applying the techniques to everyday situations
UNIT 2: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Peer relations and day care: using research evidence to provide high quality day
care facility
Privation and effects of institutionalisation: disinhibited attachment, attachment
disorder, etc. Have case studies ready: Genie, Czech twins, Rutter's longitudinal
study, Hodges & Tizard.
Questionnaires and interviews: strengths and limitations
Operationalisation of variables: defining variables in a way so that they can be
measured and manipulated, e.g. how do you operationalise aggression? (as on day
care research)
Control of extraneous variables: situation, participant and investigator variables
Ethical issues with the use of children in psychological investigations
UNIT 2: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Psychodynamic Model
Definitions of abnormality ­ especially Deviation from Social Norms and Deviation
from Ideal Mental Health
Behavioural therapies
The cognitive approach
Biological therapies
UNIT 2: BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Personality factors (hardiness?) ­ can be asked specifically on hardiness, but might
come into a question on personality factors in the experience of stress
Life changes and daily hassles
Problemfocused approaches
Stress management ­ biological and psychological methods
UNIT 2: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

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Reasons why people conform
Conformity research findings: Milgram, Zimbardo, Asch, including ethics and
methodology
Reasons for obeying
Locus of control…read more

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