This is an essay I wrote from one of the "possible essay questions" mentioned in the IB Companion. I received a 95%; therefore, the information is useful for helping in setting up a psychology essay for the exam, specifically concerning the Biological Level of Analysis
This is the responses that I did as a part of my revision last year.
Although the syllabus has changed a fair bit, this is still very much relevant to new syllabus as well. Theses responses are of high quality ^.^
Describe one theory or model within the cognitive perspective related to information processing and use an empirical study to illustrate the strength of the explanation (8 marks)
Explain how findings from research within the cognitive perspective have been applied in real life situations (8 marks)
This is a guide that I made to tutor kids in our school!
I have picked an 8 mark question from the biological analysis section
and used it as a guide to unpack the 8 mark question and give response that addresses the command term. This will be helpful for students that struggle to structure their responses.
My teacher assigns us essays that answer the learing outcomes in order to practise for paper 1. Usually we have to write them by hand, but we typed the first 11 of them. So here they are. They were the first essays I wrote, and some of them are not so good. Look at my teacher's comments to see how these can be improved. (The essays I write now get from 18/22 to 22/22)
Here are the grades I got:
1. Criterion A- 4/9
Criterion B- 7/9
Criterion C- 4/9
Final grade: 15/22
Comments: "Make sure you always have an example of research done to support your ideas"
2. A- 7/9
Comments: " I am not sure if "At first sight" relates directly to the cats. More critical tihnking needed"
Comments: "It would be better to choose only 3 research methods you undestand really well and analyze critically (TOK) and give an example of a study"
5. 12/22 (I only explained one principle that defiines the Cognitive LoA and the question says principleS)
Comments: (at the end of the first paragraph) " Why is it ok to do it? What do we learn?"
Comments: "the question says discuss this means you should consider strenghts and limitations"
(at the end of the first paragraph) --> "why is it ok? have the results shown progress in psych as a science? is there any other way?
(I did essay 9 by hand sry)
Essay detailing the biological origins of attraction. Extensive evaluation for each piece of research used, which was retrieved from scientific journals and medical databases. Factors investigated are explicit evolutionary advantages of "attractive" traits, koinophilia, and subconscious factors such as pheromones. (1300 words)
There are a bunch of essay samples and outlines that some I wrote myself, some I compiled from other sources. Most of the learning outcomes have 4 studies or more, except for the general learning outcomes for SCLOA, which I was a little lazy with. Otherwise, these notes are pretty extensive. Hope this helps!