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Thanks for buying this IB Diploma Psychology
revision e-book.
I am a Psychology teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience, and recognise that
students both often struggle to formulate answers to questions and have big gaps in their
class-notes.
To make your revision easier I've taken information from the key IB and equivalent level
psychology texts ( listed at the back) plus new research on the web and collated it into one
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Contents
Chapter 1: Biological level of analysis
1. Outline principles that define the biological level of analysis
2 Explain how principles that define the biological level of analysis may be demonstrated in research
3 Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the biological level of analysis
4 Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the biological level of analysis.…read more

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Discuss the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes
11 To what extent do cognitive and biological factors interact in emotion
12 Evaluate one theory of how emotion may affect one cognitive process
Chapter 3: Sociocultural level of analysis
1 Outline principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis
2 Explain how principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis may be demonstrated in research
3 Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the sociocultural level of analysis
4 Discuss ethical considerations…read more

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Describe symptoms and prevalence of one disorder (Bulimia)
7a Analyse etiologies of one disorder ( Depression)
8 Analyse etiologies of one disorder (Bulimia)
9 Examine biomedical, individual and group approaches to treatment.
10 Evaluate the use of biomedical, individual and group approaches to the treatment of one disorder
11 Discuss the use of eclectic approaches to treatment.…read more

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Biological level of
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Outline principles that define the biological level of analysis
2.Explain how these principles can be demonstrated in research
1. All behavior has a physiological basis
The biological level of analysis focuses on the many physiological factors that play a role in behaviour ­ brain
processes, neurotransmitters, hormones and genes. Biological researchers therefore take a reductionist
approach to the study of behavior ­ breaking complex human behavior into its smallest part eg.…read more

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This leads to the conclusion that the similarities between twins are due to genes, not environment, since the
differences between twins reared apart must mainly be due to the environment
Grove et al ( 1990) studied 32 sets of MZ twins who were separated and raised apart shortly after birth. A
continuous score for anti-social behavior in both childhood and adulthood was derived by interviewing each
subject with a standardised interview schedule; as such this assessment of antisocial behavior was a self-report
measure.…read more

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Animal studies provide insight into human behaviour
About 7-8% of psychological research involves the use of animals. Although
the range of species that have been used in various studies in psychology is
broad, 90% of the animals used have been rodents and birds, principally rats,
mice, and pigeons. Only about 5% of the animals are monkeys and other
primates. Use of dogs or cats is rare. There are no basic differences between
the physiologies of lab animals and humans.…read more

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Discuss how and why particular research methods are used
at the Biological level of analysis
Typical Explanation / example Evaluation
research
method
Lab As we share an earlier common ancestry and physiology There is significant
experiments with many species eg. primates it is valid to make controversy about the
with animals inferences about human behavior based on animal use of animals in
research. eg. Martinez & Kesner's (1993) study on the research.…read more

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