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Centre Number Candidate Number For Examiner's Use
Surname
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Question Mark
General Certificate of Education 1
Advanced Subsidiary Examination
January 2013 2
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Psychology (Specification A) PSYA2 4
Unit 2 Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and 5
Individual Differences 6
Monday 21 January 2013 9.00 am to 10.30 am 7
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You will need no other materials.
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Time allowed
1 hour 30 minutes 10
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Instructions
Use black ink or black ball-point pen. 12
Fill in the boxes at the top of this page.
Answer all questions. 13
You must answer the questions in the spaces provided. Do not write
outside the box around each page or on blank pages. TOTAL
Do all rough work in this book. Cross through any work you do not want
to be marked.
Information
The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
The maximum mark for this paper is 72.
Question 13 should be answered in continuous prose. You may use
the space provided to plan your answer. In Question 13, you will be
assessed on your ability to:
­ use good English
­ organise information clearly
­ use specialist vocabulary where appropriate.
(JAn13psyA201)
G/T87043 6/6/6/6 PSYA2

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Section A Biological Psychology
Answer all questions in the spaces provided.
Total for this question: 4 marks
1 You are just about to cross the road when a car comes speeding round the corner and
narrowly misses you. Afterwards, standing safely on the pavement, you notice that
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2 Research has shown that there is a relationship between stress and illness.
Figure 1 below shows the number of days off work through illness in a year and
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2 (b) Outline one strength and one weakness of using correlations in stress research.
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3 Roy and Mick are members of a football team; both play to the same high standard.
Roy never minds if the team does not win; he just enjoys playing with his team-mates
and spending time with them after the match. Mick always wants to win and gets angry
if the team loses.
3 (a) Which personality type is each person likely to have?
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4 Long-term stress is often accompanied by psychological and physical changes.
Drug therapy is sometimes used to reduce these effects of stress.
Outline drug therapy as a method of stress management.
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5 Outline stress inoculation therapy as a method of stress management.
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Section B Social Psychology
Answer all questions in the spaces provided.
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6 Some psychologists criticise Milgram's research into obedience to authority, in terms of
both methodological issues and ethical issues.
Explain two criticisms of Milgram's research.
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7 When you are a passenger on a train, you are much more likely to move to another
seat if the ticket collector tells you to move than if another passenger tells you to do so.
Use your knowledge of why people obey to explain this behaviour.
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8 Explain how social influence research helps us to understand social change.
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