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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 standardisation process ensures
that the mark scheme covers the students responses to questions and that every examiner
understands and applies it in the same correct way.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 release of adrenaline is
responsible for increased heart rate and faster breathing and the dry mouth is linked to the
digestive system "shutting down".…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 question.
3 marks Less detailed but generally accurate
Less detailed but generally accurate answer that demonstrates relevant knowledge and
understanding. There is some evidence of selection of material to address the question.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 issues.
There are a range of ethical issues that can be considered during the experiment.
Protection from harm ­ participants were clearly distressed.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 creditworthy. Other studies, such
as Sherif, Crutchfield would also be creditworthy. Students could also consider reasons such
as NSI and ISI to explain why people conform.…read more

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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 and understanding of research Broad range of issues and/or evidence in
into conformity. reasonable depth, or a narrower range in
There is appropriate selection of material to greater depth.
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Mark Scheme ­ General Certificate of Education (A-level) Psychology A ­ PSYA2 ­ January 2013
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 ideal mental health:
Resistance to stress
Growth, development or self-actualisation
High self-esteem and a strong sense of identity
Autonomy
Perception of reality.…read more

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