Welcome to the Psychology Blog!

This is an exciting way for students to see Psychology in an interactive way! You can expect to see on here all the topic areas we cover in lessons plus extra information with useful links to websites in order to aid revision for exams.

Links to newspapers and other articals will be posted on here regulary to help encourage students to see Psychology from a different perspective. There is a wonderful world full of Psychological happenings, so keep an eye on here for updates!

Enjoy the Blog!

Miss Carpenter

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Derren Brown - Deindividuation (Aggression topic)

Derren Brown: The Gameshow
In The Gameshow, the second show in The Experiment series, Derren Brown turns himself into the host of a game show and investigates whether we all have the capacity for evil and whether or not being part of a group affects our sense of right and wrong.
Shrouded in the usual secrecy, each of the stand-alone episodes takes the form of a giant social experiment. Some have been inspired by classic psychology tests, others concocted by Derren himself to illustrate how easily our behaviour can be manipulated.
Derren will attempts to explore the darker side of what makes us tick as human beings and, in one show, teach us how to completely change our fortunes
Featuring Derren Brown's unique combination of ingenious and mind-blowing psychology, suggestions, stunts and thought-provoking entertainment, The Experiments sees him pushing the boundaries of size and scale in order to take a deeper look at human behaviour and reaction


Aggression Articles

Interesting articles on Aggression for you to read.




AS Revision sessions including dates

Well done to all who attended the revision session last night. It was extremely beneficial to you all.

Unit 1 Session 1 kicks off next Tuesday (20th November)

The remaining session dates are as follows:

Unit 2:  20th Nov, 11th Dec & 8th Jan
Unit 2: 4th Dec & 15th Jan

Monday, 8 October 2012

Audio Companion Guide for AS Revision Units 1 & 2


Try using the audio companion for your revision. You can make notes as the narrator reads to you, or simply download the files and listen in your spare time.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Welcome back into Yr13!!

Starting with Relationships - Term 1:

Formation - Pg 49 Q1-3

Maintenance - Pg 51 Q 1-3 (both essay Qs)

Breakdown - Pg 53 Q3

Sexual Selection - Pg 55 Q4 Mon 8th Oct

Parental Investment - Pg57 Q4 - Mon 15th Oct

Influences of childhood on Adult relationships -Pg59 Q3 Mon 15th Oct

Influence of cultures on romantic relationships - Pg 61 Q3 -Mon 22nd Oct

Week beginning: Monday 22nd Oct there will be a mock exam on RELATIONSHIPS. This will be 30 minutes long and in WEEK B. Date to follow shortly.

Remember complete questions listed - however, to help your own independent studying and prep for exams answer all questions. This will help to solidify and develop your own knowledge.  

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


Using the past papers answer questions. Use this example as a rough guide and attempt to aid your revison by testing yourself. Answer in one colour and mark in a seperate with the accompanying mark scheme. 
Unit 1- Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and
Research Methods

Thursday 8 January 2009 
8. Outline what research has shown about the effects of day care on children’s aggressive behaviour (6 marks)

There are lots of views about day care- which is when a child is left in the care of someone who is not their mother/father, and whether children benefit from it or not. Maccoby and Lewis carried out a study into the effect of day care on children and they found that the more hours children spend in day care before they were 4 and a half years old, the more behavioural problems they would show in later education, along with increased conflicts with teachers. Field (1988) agreed with their findings and found that children who had been in full time day care were more aggressive towards their peers. However other studies show that day care doesn’t necessarily cause children to be more aggressive, but it can be the other way round as some home-reared children are seen to be more aggressive, as they perhaps don’t have the level of independence that a child who attended day care would have.  

The way in which you have approached the question is very good. You have ensured you have included relevant research in order to form a solid answer. I would recommend you use studies from the NICHD and the EPPE to enhance the quality of your response. Overall, you would’ve achieved 5 marks from the 6.

Wednesday 13 May 2009
7. Research has suggested that institutionalisation can have negative effects on children.  In the
1990s, many children were found living in poor quality orphanages in Romania.  Luca had lived in one of these orphanages from birth.  When he was four years old, he was adopted and he left the orphanage to live in Canada.  His development was then studied for a number of years.
7 (b) The scenario above is an example of a case study.  Outline one strength and one limitation of this research method.  (2 marks + 2 marks)

Strength: It would be full of detail and information, a natural experiment, not set up which would make it unethical. – 1 mark – lacks elaboration see example below……

Limitation: It cannot easily be replicated and it’s only reviewing one person so can’t be generalised to others. – 2 marks
Strengths: Rich data, high ecological validity, investigates a situation which could not be set up for ethical reasons.
Limitations: Selection from large amounts of data may lead to observer bias. Findings from one individual can’t be generalised to others.
1 mark each for identification of a strength/limitation. Second mark for some elaboration. For example, an advantage of a case study is that it provides lots of detail (1 mark). This gives great depth and understanding of this single individual (2 marks).

7 (c) Disruption of attachment can occur when children experience separation from their attachment figure during their early childhood.
Outline one study of the effects of disruption of attachment. (4 marks)

Bowlby’s maternal deprivation hypothesis suggests that children who have been separated from their mother for 6 months or longer may grow up to be disruptive and aggressive as the majority of the people from the ‘thieves’ group suffered from disruption of attachment.

0 marks.The way you have structured your answer is good, ensuring you have identified research as asked from you. I would focus my answer around either Robertson and Robertson (1989) with John who showed protest and despair when he spent 9 days in a residential nursery or older studies such as Spitz and Wolf (1946) and Bowlby’s (1944) juvenile thieves which would also gain you marks. The mark scheme does not show MDH as a possibility.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

7 (a) Explain the difference between privation and disruption of attachment.  You may use examples to help explain the difference. (4 marks)

Privation is when someone is unable to form an attachment, for example not having the opportunity to do so. Genie is an example of this, she was kept away from civilisation and had no regular contact with someone to whom she could form a healthy attachment to. Disruption from attachment is when you’ve had the opportunity to form an attachment but are then separated from that figure. Robertson and Robertson’s study is an example of a young boy who was away from his mother whilst she was in hospital.

For this answer I would award you 4 marks out of 4. Below is from the Mark Scheme. You answer is clear and you have clearly identified what Privation is – with the aid of an example and then explained Disruption again highlighting your understanding with good concise examples.

Privation occurs if children never have the opportunity to form an attachment. Rutter studied children who were looked after in Romanian orphanages where there was no opportunity to form attachments. Hodges and Tizard followed children who went into residential care before they had formed attachments. Disruption of attachment occurs when children have formed an attachment and are then separated from their attachment figure. Robertson and Robertson studied John who was looked after in a residential nursery when his mother went into hospital.

Interesting Websites

Science Daily: Psychology News

Guardian: Psychology
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/psychology - see some article headings below......

Older mothers may be more prone to depression than younger women

How does the brain create consciousness?

What autism can teach us about psychoanalysis: Henry Bond: A French documentary makes Lacanian psychoanalysis seem cruel – but does its subversion of social norms have a place?

Gay 'conversion' therapies give moral authority to bullies, says ex-missionary: Former Pentecostal Christian Peterson Toscano says his life was ruined by his church authorities' attempts to alter his sexuality

Manipulating memory to treat addiction: A behavioural procedure that alters memory effectively prevents the cravings of heroin addicts

Is it possible to choose your dreams? Take part in an experiment to discover if an iPhone app can help you have the dreams you want

Analysing Louise Bourgeois: art, therapy and Freud : Louise Bourgeois was in therapy for more than 30 years and wrote an essay on 'Freud's Toys'. Christopher Turner on a display of her work and recently unearthed writings about her analysis

Drugs not best option for people at risk of psychosis, study warns

 Tablets in head made of glass. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown. 

Counselling and therapies effective in treating psychotic experiences that can lead to conditions such as schizophrenia

New York Times