Core: Cognitive level of analysis (Paper 1)
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Enduring Understanding:
  • What makes you who you are?
  • Memory influences behavior.
  • Social and cultural factors influence our behavior.

Essential Questions:
  • How does our mind organize data?
  • How do cultural, social, and biological factors influence our memory?
  • To what extent are our memories reliable?
  • What methods to psychologists use to study memory?
  • Cognitive level of analysis

Learning outcomes:

  1. Outline the principles that define the cognitive level of analysis
  2. Explain how the principles that define the cognitive level of analysis may be demonstrated in research
  3. Discuss how and why particular research methods are used by cognitive researchers
  4. Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the CLA
  5. Evaluate schema theory with reference to research studies
  6. Evaluate two models or theories of one cognitive process with reference to research studies
  7. Explain how biological factors may affect one cognitive process
  8. Discuss how social or cultural factors affect one cognitive process
  9. Evaluate the extent to which a cognitive process is reliable
  10. Explain the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes
  11. Evaluate the extent to which cognitive and biological factors interact in emotion
  12. Evaluate one theory of how emotions may affect one cognitive process

Knowledge and Skills
  • Students will know
    • the three principles-mental representations guide behavior, mental processes can be studied scientifically, and cognitive processes are influenced by social and cultural factors.
    • the experimental research methodology and the six ethical guidelines.
    • the schema theory
    • models of memory-multi-store model and the working memory model
    • how brain damge affects the cognitive process-Clive Wearing
    • cognitive processes such as memory affect education
    • how reliable is memory and eyewitness testimony-Loftus
    • how MRI and fMRI increase understanding of cognitive processes
    • to what extent cognitive and biological factors interact with emotion-state dependent memory

ESLR Focus
  • Critical Self-Directed Thinkers X_
  • Effective Communicators _X_
  • Empowered 21st Century Learners _X_
  • Responsible Global Leaders _X__

Three areas for in-depth study are linked below

Cognitive level of analysis-cognitive processes
Cognitive level of analysis-cognition and emotion
An integrative look at happiness
Command Term question development for CLA
Links to TOK: Reflections
  • How does your culture define happiness?
  • Do you think that people in your culture are happy? (Crane and Hannibal)

IB Learner learner profile: Knowledgeable
  • They explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

  • Debate
  • Psych brief
  • Wiki page creation
  • SAQ practice
  • Precis
  • Peer editing using google docs
  • Psych brief
  • In class essay
  • SAQ exam
  • Oxford Revision Guides AS & A Level Psychology Through Diagrams
  • Forty Studies That Changed Psychology: Loftus: Thanks for the Memories
  • You tube clips- Loftus:Eyewitness testimony, Clive Wearing:Memory
  • DVD: Discovering Psychology (Memory)
  • Psychology-Course Companion- Crane and Hannibal