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AQA Psychology Psya3 Biological Rhythms and Sleep Past Questions:

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  • June 2010 – Outline lifespan changes in sleep. (4 marks)
  • June 2010 – Outline and evaluate one explanation for the functions of sleep. (5 + 16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss the role of endogenous pacemakers in the control of one or more biological rhythms (9+16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Outline the nature of sleep (9 marks)
  • June 2011 – Consider the consequences of disrupting biological rhythms (16 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Outline one explanation for narcolepsy (4 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Outline and evaluate one or more evolutionary explanations for the functions of sleep (4+16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Outline one or more examples of ultradian rhythms. (4 marks)
  • June 2012 – Outline and evaluate restoration explanations of the functions of sleep (4+16 marks)
  • January 2013 – Discuss explanations for insomnia and/or narcolepsy (8 + 16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss research into the disruption of biological rhythms (eg shift work, jet lag) (8 + 16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline lifespan changes in sleep (4 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline and evaluate one or more restoration explanations for the functions of sleep (4+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline one explanation for narcolepsy (4 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline and evaluate evolutionary explanations for the functions of sleep (4+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Discuss the role of endogenous pacemakers and of exogenous zeitgebers in the control of circadian rhythms. (8+16 marks)

AQA Psychology Psya3 Relationships Past Questions:

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  •  June 2010 – Discuss research into the nature of relationships in different cultures (9+16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Describe and evaluate two or more theories of the formation of romantic relationships (9 + 16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Discuss the influence of childhood and/or adolescent experiences on adult relationships (9 + 16 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Discuss research into the breakdown of romantic relationships. (8 marks + 16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss the relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour (8 + 16 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Outline and evaluate one theory of the formation of romantic relationships (4+8 marks)
  • Jan 2013 –  Discuss research into the influence of childhood on adult relationships  (4 + 8 marks)
  • June 2013 – Outline and evaluate one theory of the maintenance of romantic relationships (4 + 8 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss research into the influence of culture on romantic relationships (4+8 marks)
  • June 2014 – Discuss sex differences in parental investment (8+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Discuss the influence of childhood on adult relationships (8+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Discuss theories of the formation and/or maintenance of romantic relationships. (8+16 marks)

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  • June 2010 – Outline the role of genetic factors in aggressive behaviour (4 marks)
  • June 2010 – Outline and evaluate one social psychological theory of aggression (5+16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss evolutionary explanations of human aggression. (9+16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Discuss the role of neural and/or hormonal mechanisms in aggression (9+16 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Outline research into institutional aggression (4 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Discuss one or more evolutionary explanations of group display in humans (4+16)
  • June 2012 – Outline and evaluate one or more social psychological theories of aggression (8+16 marks)
  • January 2013 – Discuss evolutionary explanations of human aggression, including infidelity and/or jealousy (8+16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Outline an evolutionary explanation of one example of group display in humans (4 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss genetic factors involved in aggressive behaviour (4+16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline neural and/or hormonal mechanisms in aggression (4 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline and evaluate one social psychological theory of aggression (4+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Discuss research into institutional aggression (8+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline one social psychological theory of aggression (4 marks)
  • June 2016 – Discuss evolutionary explanations of human aggression. (4+16 marks)

AQA Psychology Psya3 Perception Past Questions:

  • June 2010 – Outline two theories of perceptual organisation. (9 marks)
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  • June 2010 – Evaluate one of the theories of perceptual organisation outlined in your answer above (16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss the development of perceptual abilities. Include examples from infant and cross-cultural studies in your answer (9 + 16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Describe and evaluate Bruce and Young’s theory of face recognition (9+16 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Discuss research into perceptual development (8 + 16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss the development of depth/distance perception and/or visual constancies (8 + 16 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Outline findings of cross-cultural research into perceptual development (4 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Outline and evaluate one theory of perceptual organisation (4+16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Outline and evaluate one research study into perceptual development in infants (4 + 8 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss Bruce and Young’s theory of face recognition (4 + 8 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline Gibson’s’ theory of perception (4 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline and evaluate Gregory’s theory of perception (4+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Discuss what research has shown about the development of perceptual abilities (8+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline and evaluate Bruce and Young’s theory of face recognition. (8+16 marks)

AQA Psychology Psya3 Eating Behaviour Past Questions:

  • June 2010 – Discuss explanations of one eating disorder (9+ 16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss the role of one or more factors that influence attitudes to food (4+8 marks)
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  • Jan 2011 – Outline and evaluate the role of neural mechanisms in controlling eating (5+8 marks)
  • June 2011 – Outline one psychological explanation of one eating disorder (5 marks)
  • June 2011 – Outline and evaluate evolutionary explanations of food preference (4+16)
  • Jan 2012 – Discuss neural mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour (8 + 16)
  • June 2012 – Identify an eating disorder. Outline one explanation for this eating disorder (4 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss explanations for the success and/or failure of dieting (4 + 16 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Discuss research into factors influencing attitudes to food and/or eating behaviour (8 marks + 16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Outline and evaluate one psychological explanation and one biological explanation of one eating disorder (8+16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Discuss evolutionary explanations of food preference (8+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline one or more psychological explanations for either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa or obesity (4 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline and evaluate one or more explanations for the success and/or failure of dieting (4+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline and evaluate one or more biological explanations for either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa or obesity. (8+16 marks)

AQA Psychology Psya3 Gender Past Questions:

  • June 2010 – Outline the biosocial approach to gender development (5 marks)
  • June 2010 – Outline social factors that may influence gender roles (4 marks)
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  • June 2010 – Use research evidence to assess the influence of such factors on gender roles (16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss Kohlberg’s theory of gender development (9 + 16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Discuss one or more explanations for psychological androgyny  (5 + 8 marks)
  • June 2011 – Outline and evaluate cross-cultural studies of gender role (4 + 8 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Describe research into social influences on gender (8 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Assess the importance of social influences on gender (16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Describe and evaluate the gender schema theory of gender development (8+ 16 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Discuss the biosocial approach to gender development. (8 + 16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss Kohlberg’s theory of gender development. (8 + 16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Discuss gender schema theory (8+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – ‘Parents, peers, schools and media are important influences on gender and its development.’ – Discuss research into social influences on gender (8+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline the role of hormones and/or genes in gender development. (4 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline and evaluate gender schema theory. (4+16 marks)

AQA Psychology Psya3 Intelligence And Learning Past Questions

  • June 2010 – Outline one psychometric theory of intelligence and one information processing theory of intelligence (9 marks)
  • June 2010 – Evaluate the psychometric approach to intelligence and/or the information processing approach to intelligence (16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Outline Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (5 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Outline and evaluate the role of genetic factors in intelligence test performance (4+16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Discuss evolutionary factors involved in the development of human intelligence (9+16 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Outline key features of classical conditioning (8 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Consider what research has shown about intelligence in non-human animals (16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss one psychometric theory of intelligence (4+8 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss evolutionary factors in the development of human intelligence (4+8 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Outline and evaluate one or more information processing theories of intelligence (8+16 marks)
  • June 2013 – Discuss research into genetic and/or environmental factors associated with intelligence test performance (8+16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Outline and evaluate research studies which have investigated intelligence in non-human animals (8+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline key features of operant conditioning and evaluate its role in the behaviour of non-human animals. (4+8 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline and evaluate one or more psychometric theories of intelligence. (4+8 marks)
  • June 2016 – ‘It is argued that evolutionary factors such as ecological demands, social complexity and brain size influenced the development of human intelligence.’

    Discuss evolutionary factors in the development of human intelligence. (8+16 marks)

 AQA Psychology Psya3 Cognition And Development Past Questions:

  • June 2010 – Vygotsky and Bruner put forward different theories of cognitive development. Outline these two theories (9 marks)
  • June 2010 – Evaluate these theories of cognitive development (16 marks)
  • Jan 2011 – Discuss the development of the child’s sense of self (9+16 marks)
  • June 2011 – Discuss the role of the mirror neuron system in social cognition (5+8 marks)
  • June 2011 – Outline and evaluate one theory of moral understanding (eg Kohlberg, Eisenberg) (4+8 marks)
  • Jan 2012 – Discuss the development of children’s understanding of others (8+16 marks)
  • June 2012 – Discuss Piaget’s theory of cognitive development (8+16 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Discuss the development of a child’s sense of self (4+8 marks)
  • Jan 2013 – Discuss applications of one or more theories of cognitive development to education (4+8 marks)
  • June 2013 – Outline and evaluate Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development (8+16 marks)
  • June 2014 – Discuss the development of children’s understanding of others (8+16 marks)
  • June 2015 – Outline and evaluate Kohlberg’s theory of moral understanding. (8+16 marks)
  • June 2016 – Outline and evaluate Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. (8+16 marks)
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