AQA AS/A Level Psychology Unit 1 – A* Model Essay Answers (New Spec 7181)
What does this AS Psychology ebook provide?
A* grade model essay answers for every single possible question for the AS and A level psychology paper 1 exam and information presented in a nice and easy to understand way. At over 120 pages it is the biggest, most comprehensive revision ebook I have ever written. Essays are split in a nice and easy to understand way distinguishing theory (AO1) and evaluation (AO3) so students and teachers can pick and choose the information they wish to use for their own work.
How will this ebook help you for your psychology revision?
This ebook covers every single possible essay question in the exam and presents to you enough information for the theory and evaluation sections to score an A grade. Last year thousands of students used my resources for AS and A level psychology to score some fantastic grades. This ebook is the most comprehensive I have ever written and covers every single essay you need to know and presents to you a model essay answer for you to source from. This unit 1 AS/A Level ebook follows the AQA A specification exactly. The hardest part in writing your essay answers is sourcing all the information, structuring it and rewording it in coherent sentences; this makes your job infinitely easier as all the information is broken down in a nice and easy to understand way for you to use.
What’s inside and what essays does this ebook cover?
- Types of conformity: internalisation, identification and compliance.
- Explanations for conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence, and variables affecting conformity including group size, unanimity and task difficulty as investigated by Asch.
- Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo.
- Explanations for obedience: Agentic state and legitimacy of authority, and situational variables affecting obedience including proximity, location and uniform, as investigated by Milgram. Dispositional explanation for obedience: the Authoritarian Personality.
- Explanations of resistance to social influence, including social support and locus of control.
- Minority influence including reference to consistency, commitment and flexibility.
- The role of social influence processes in social change.
- The multi-Store Memory Model: Sensory register, short-term memory, long-term memory. Features of each store: coding, capacity and duration.
- Types of long-term memory: Episodic, semantic, procedural memory.
- The working memory model: Central executive, phonological loop, visuo-spatial sketchpad and episodic buffer. Features of the model: coding and capacity.
- Explanations for forgetting: proactive and retroactive interference and retrieval failure due to absence of cues.
- Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony: Misleading information, including leading questions and post-event discussion: anxiety.
- Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, including the use of the cognitive interview.
- Caregiver-infant interactions in humans: Reciprocity and interactional synchrony. Stages of attachment identified by Schaffer. Multiple attachments and the role of the father.
- Animal studies of attachment: Lorenz and Harlow
- Explanations of attachment: Learning history and Bowlby’s Monotropic theory. The concepts of a critical period and an internal working model.
- Ainsworth’s “strange situation”. Types of attachment: Secure, Insecure-avoidant and insecure-resistant. Cultural variations in attachment, including Van Ijzendoorn.
- Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation. Romanian orphan studies: effects of institutionalisation.
- The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
Psychopathology (A level Psychology Students)
- Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health.
- The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD.
- The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias: the two-process model, including classical and operant conditioning: systematic desensitisation, including relaxation and use of hierarchy: flooding.
- The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression: Beck’s negative triad and Ellis’s ABC model: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including challenging irrational thoughts.
- The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD: genetic and neural explanations: drug therapy.
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