OCR Psychology G543Watch
I think for section A you need to know everything since they can ask you about anything from background to sample, results, conclusions, iv/dv etc.
For section A obvious points would be the aim of the study, the sample (ages/occupations if applicable e.g. students, gender ratio), the procedure (include any time periods if you can e.g. in Johansson's study into work as a cause of stress, urine samples were taken before they worked as well as at 8:15, 10:30, 12:45 and 15:00), how data was collected (part of the procedure really), results of the study (statistics are always good) and any conclusions that can be made.
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I'm so nervous for this exam! The fact that pretty much any set of studies can be paired with any evaluative point for part Bs makes it so difficult to predict what could come up! Has anyone got any predictions on what is likely?
I seriously need help on how to structure part A and part B questions.. given the spec PEC for part A and CREEC for part B.. what would i need to include.. back ground info about the study in the point i make.. could i get any model answers???
Sorry what is PEC and CREEC? 10 markers are by far the easiest way to get top marks. Start by introducing your study with either the approach of previous research before hand and state the study in detail and you should be fine . Part B on the other hand .. It frightens me.
How do you strucutre your part B answers? We are told to follow the claim, reason, evidence, evaluation and conclusion. I don't know how to linkthe answer to the question and also don't know what it requires me to do.
it would be good to start by defining the terms in the question for the intro too i.e. defining reliability in terms of measuring stress responses
This way you are explicitly linking back to the question.
By the way this can be harder when they use more focused questions e.g. explain how scientific offender profiling is (which to me seems quite specific). Where I found myself going wrong was that I generally talked about offender profiling and it being scientific e.g. it uses quantitative data which is easy to analyse, but the link back to the question would be to clearly say "where quantitative data is a feature of scientific research, making offender profiling a scientific tool of finding offenders of a crime"
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Also remember to always use evidence from the studies! No need to briefly outline procedures; just pick out the key peices that will support your point.
For Part a)'s, fine details like sample size are not required unless the question is specifically 'Outline one piece of research into...'; more generic questions such as 'How could gender offer an explanation to turning to crime?', you would open with suggesting it's inferred males are more aggressive than females due to the hormone testerone. Dabbs et al researched this by collecting saliva samples of male inmates blah blah blah, found those with higher levels of testerone had been convicted for more violent crimes such as murder and were more likely to rebel against prison rules etc, then finish off the question by rounding back to your opening point to demonstrate wider knowledge and understanding.
My centre studies the Forensic and Health and Clinical option, and my teacher created a grid and we made some predictions on what could turn up. I'll list below what the research is into rather than researcher name as I know my teacher has swapped some evidence.
TTC; Biology, gender.
MAC; Interviewing Suspects, false confessions.
MAC; Offender Profiling, UK bottom up approach (probably worth revising your case study too).
RAV; Reaching a Verdict, minority influence.
AAGV; Imprisonment, depression/suicide risk.
HEALTH AND CLINICAL
This was a little more difficult to predict but these were our best shots.
STRESS; Causes, control (lack of).
STRESS; Management, behavioural (social and cognitive also a possibility)
STRESS; Measures, combined OR physiological.
DYS. BEHAV; Explanations, behavioural.
DYS. BEHAV; Treatments, cognitive.
DISORDERS; Explanations, cognitive.
DISORDERS; Treatments, biological.
We know OCR can only question the same overall topic twice so three stress questions are not possible, yet if you have doubled up the evidence on causes and measures then shouldn't incur more revision.
Of course, these are only predictions so we can't just restrict our revision to these topics. I predicted the Behaviourist perspective in Section C of G542 last year so I may have some luck again?! Anyway guys, I really hope this was of some benefit :-)
P.S, what disorder has everyone specialised in? We are doing phobias :-)
Does anyone have any predictions for Health/Clinical and Forensic?? Also does anyone know what questions for Health and Clinical came up last year? In forensic Moscovici and Clarke and Gudjohnsson et al have never come up.