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General Certificate of Education (A-level)
January 2013


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




Final



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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Section A Biological Psychology
Question 1

AO2 = 4 marks Analysis of unfamiliar situation and application of knowledge of
body's response to stress.

The stem refers to the body responding to a short-term stressor, the…

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Question 3

AO2 = 6 marks Analysis of unfamiliar situation and application of knowledge of
the influence of personality on the body's response to stress.

3 (a) Roy = Type B / B / Personality…

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4 marks Accurate and reasonably detailed
Accurate and reasonably detailed answer that demonstrates sound knowledge and
understanding of drug therapy as a method of stress management. There is appropriate
selection of material to address the…

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Section B Social Psychology
Question 6

AO3 = 6 marks Knowledge and understanding of criticisms relating to Milgram's
research

Students may refer to one methodological and one ethical issue, or two ethical or two
methodological…

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4 marks Effective analysis of unfamiliar situation
Effective explanation that demonstrates sound knowledge of why people are more
likely to obey a ticket collector than another passenger.
3 marks Reasonable analysis of unfamiliar situation
Reasonable…

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Question 9

AO1 = 4 marks Knowledge of research into conformity

Research can include both theories and studies. The most likely study offered is Aschs
research into conformity and any aspect of his research is…

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4 marks Accurate and reasonably 4 marks Effective evaluation
detailed Effective use of material to address the
Accurate and reasonably detailed question and provide informed commentary.
description that demonstrates sound Effective evaluation of research.
knowledge…

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Section C Individual Differences
Question 10 (a)

AO2 = 1 + 1 mark Analysis of unfamiliar situation and application of knowledge of
ideal mental health definition of abnormality

Jahoda suggested the following criteria necessary for…

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