Pyschology unit 1 overview

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Cognitive psychology, including memory and eyewitness testimony

Developmental psychology, including early social development, attachment and the effects of day care

Research methods, in the context of the topic areas.  Expect the description of some research into memory followed by questions on hypotheses, validity, design etc. and similar for attachments.

Unit 1: Introducing Psychology

-Key approaches in psychology, biopsychology, physiological psychology, the genetic basis of behaviour

-Gender development, concepts and explaining gender development

-Research methods, planning research, experimental and non-experimental methods, representing data and descriptive statistics, ethics.

Unit 2: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences

-Social influence or social cognition

-Cognitive psychology: remembering and forgetting or perceptual processes

-Individual differences: anxiety disorders or autism.

-Unit 1: Making Sense ofOther People (41801)


-Non-verbal Communication

-Development of Personality

-Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

-Research Methods

-Methods of Investigation

-Methods of Control,Data Analysis and Data Presentation

-Ethical Considerations

Unit 2: Understanding Other People (41802)


-Social Influence

-Sex and Gender


-Research Moethods

-Methods of Investigation

-Methods of Control, Data Analysis and Data Presentation

-Ethical Considerations


-The multi-store model including the concepts of encoding, capacity and duration. 

-Strengths and weaknesses of the model.

-The working memory model including its strengths and weaknesses.

 -Memory in everyday life

-Eye witness testimony (EWT) and the factors affecting EWT, including anxiety, age of witness.

-Misleading information and the use o the cognitive interview.

-Strategies for improving memory


The multistore memory (Atkinson and Dhiffrin 1968) suggests memory has two main components; STM and LTM.  In addition it also has a set of sensory stores where images, sounds, smells etc. appear to reverberate around still at the sensory locations momentarily.  The model will be discussed in more detail a little later, but to make more sense of the model we will first consider the two main stores, their feeders (the sensory stores) and the differing properties


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