G544 Exam Handbook

A fairly detailed ''walkthrough'' on how to answer questions for the G544 exam OCR Psychology (A2) Includes a compilation of information from various sources, revised and written to prepare for the 2016 exam. (Or any other year) 

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A2 Psychology G544 || The Exam
Guide

E.K. Lim

Exam Duration: 1hr 30 minutes (90 mins)

Section A and Section B
(45 minutes per section)





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SECTION A
Spend 45 minutes on Section A, ideally.

For Section A, you will usually be required to plan your own practical
project on the basis of research methods in psychology as well as
evaluating their uses in your own project…

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Where the participants can be found
Method of approaching participants
Age range (above 16 for ethics), gender, demographics and
representability/generalisablity
Why the sampling method is being used
Outline the basic procedure
Any ethical considerations in terms of what is disclosed to…

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How could you use a **insert sampling method** in your study?
How would you use **insert observational technique** in your study?



Topics that could arise in Section A

Experiment
Involves independent variable and dependent variable to figure out a causal effect.…

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An experiment which is conducted in highly controlled conditions where the
independent variable is carefully manipulated and controlled, with the effect on the
DV also being isolated to identify a causal effect. Usually in a laboratory setting.
Strengths: High levels of…

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Where a participant gives a written/digital response to questions regarding a
particular subject.
Strengths: Data can be collected from a large number of people quickly and cheaply.
People may be more willing to give away personal information on paper than they…

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Observation
In observations the researcher monitors and sometimes manipulates a
situation/environment and records the participant's response to it to find out what kind
of behaviour the person exhibits when subjected to a specific stimuli or to observe
natural behaviour.

General Strengths:…

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Participant Observation : Researcher part of the observation as a participant in it whilst
observing the real participants

Non Participant: Researcher observes them from outside the group.

Covert : Researcher does not inform the participants that they are being observed and…

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No Correlation: #alevelproblems










Sampling Methods: Obtaining Participants
Volunteer Sample : Obtained through volunteers who wanted to take part.
Researcher publicises the study and waits for people to put their names forward.
Opportunity Sample : Made up of participants who happen to…

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Type 1 Error : Significant result at p>0.05 results due to IVaccept experimental/reject null
hypothesis however 5% chance that you rejected a null hypothesis that is actually correct=
false positive

Type 2 Error: not significant result at p<0.05results due to chance,…

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