PSYB4 Past Paper Questions 2006-2011

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PSYB4 Past Paper Questions
Specimen
Outline what is meant by hypothesis testing and explain the role of hypothesis testing
in scientific research. (4 marks)
Explain what is meant by the naturenurture debate in psychology. (4 marks)
`Nomothetic and idiographic approaches are both needed for a complete study of
psychology.'
Discuss this statement with reference to at least one topic area in psychology.
(12 marks)
June 2006
a) Briefly discuss one problem with commonsense explanations of human behaviour.
(4 marks)
(b) Outline two limitations of the scientific approach in psychology. (4 marks)
(c) `Psychology is a science.'
Discuss this statement. In your answer, refer to at least two perspectives in psychology.
(12 marks)
OPTION B
(a) In the context of the free will and determinism debate in psychology,
(i) outline what is meant by determinism
(ii) suggest why psychological explanations of behaviour are usually deterministic.
(4 marks)
(b) Outline one strength and one limitation of the nomothetic approach in psychology.
(4 marks)
(c) Discuss the role of the environment in explaining behaviour. In your answer, refer to to at least two topics
that you have studied in psychology. (12 marks)
June 2007
(a) Outline two ways in which commonsense explanations of behaviour differ from scientific explanations of
behaviour. (4 marks)
(b) Outline what is meant by private experience and explain why such experiences are difficult for
psychologists to study. (4 marks)
(c) Discuss the use of the scientific approach in psychology. Refer to at least one topic you have studied. (12
marks)

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OPTION B
(a) Outline one strength and one weakness of the idiographic approach in psychology. (4 marks)
(b) Outline why some psychologists favour reductionist explanations of human behaviour. (4 marks)
(c) The following comment was made by a judge at the end of a trial:
"People are in control of their behaviour and they are responsible for their actions." Discuss the free will and
determinism debate in psychology. Illustrate your answer with reference to at least one topic in psychology.…read more

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Outline what psychologists mean by the following:
(i) subjective experience (2 marks)
(ii) overt behaviour. (2 marks)
(c) `Psychology is not a science.' Discuss this claim. (12 marks)
OPTION B
(a) Participants in a research study were ordered to give very powerful electric shocks to another person.
Although the participants believed the shocks to be real, they still carried out the order. After taking part,
some participants said, "I had to give the shocks. The experimenter ordered me to.…read more

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