Psychology

Objectives:

AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding of psychology and how psychology works

AO3 Interpret, evaluate and analyse psychological data and practice


Year

Year 12

Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Unit

Approaches in Psychology

Social influence – 4 weeks

Memory – 3 weeks

Memory – 1 week

Attachment – 4 weeks

Research methods – 2 weeks

Psychopathology – 4 weeks

Psychopathology – 2 weeks

Revision – 4 weeks

Practical – 2 weeks

A2 Approaches – 4 weeks

Time

7 weeks

7 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

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Approaches

Origins of psychology

Learning approach: behaviourism

Learning approach: social learning theory

The cognitive approach

The biological approach

Biopsychology

*Research methods to be embedded throughout

Experimental method

Control of variables

Experimental design

Types of experiment

Sampling

Ethical issues

Pilot studies

Observation techniques

Observational design

Self-report techniques

Self-report design

Correlations

Descriptive statistics

Graphs

Statistical testing

Peer review

Social Influence

Conformity types and explanations

Asch’s research

Zimbardo’s research

Milgram’s research

Situational variables

Social-psychological factors

Dispositional explanations

Resistance to social influence

Minority influence

Social influence and social change

Memory

Coding, capacity, duration

Multi-store model

The working memory model

Explanations for forgetting: interferences

Explanations for forgetting: retrieval failure

Misleading information

Anxiety

Cognitive interview

Attachment

Introduction to attachment

Schaffer’s stages of attachment

Animal studies

Learning theory

Bowlby’s theory

Ainsworth’s strange situation

Cultural variations in attachment

Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation

Romanian orphan studies

Influence of early attachment on later relationships

Psychopatho-logy

Definitions of abnormality

Phobias

Depression

OCD

Behavioural approach to explaining phobias

Behavioural approach to treating phobias

Cognitive approach to explaining depression

The cognitive approach to treating depression

The biological approach to explaining OCD

The biological approach to treating OCD

Revision

Approaches

Social influence

Memory

Psychopathology

Approaches

Practical investigation obedience and gender

The psychodynamic approach

Humanistic approach

Comparison of approaches


Year

Year 13

Term

Autumn

Spring

 

Unit

Issues and debates – 3 weeks

Biopsychology – 3 weeks

Relationships – 1 week

Relationships – 5 weeks

Schizophrenia – 2 weeks

Schizophrenia – 4 weeks

Aggression – 1 week

Aggression – 5 weeks

Research methods – 1 week

 

Time

7 weeks

7 weeks

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5 weeks

6 weeks

3 weeks

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Issues and debates

Gender and culture in psychology

Free will and determinism

Nature-nurture debate

Holism and reductionism

Idiographic and nomothetic  approaches

Ethical implications

Biopsychology

The nervous and endocrine system

Neurons and synaptic transmission

Localisation of function in the brain

Plasticity and functional recovery of the brain after trauma

Split-brain research

Ways of investigating the brain

Biological rhythms

Endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers

Relationships

Sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour

Factors affecting attraction

Theories of romantic relationships

Virtual relationships

Parasocial relationships

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Schizophrenia

Biological explanations

Psychological explanations

Biological therapies

Psychological therapies

The interactionist approach

Aggression

Neural and hormonal mechanisms

Genetic factors

Ethological explanation

Evolutionary explanation

Social psychological explanations

Institutional aggression

Media influences on aggression

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