A Level Psychology AQA Unit 4 - Media

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radiaj
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Does anybody how to answer the 10 mark scenario based questions?

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Eleven year-old Matt often watches 18 certificate films with his older brothers. He invites his friend John round to play and they watch a violent film together. John isn’t allowed to watch violent films at home and he finds some of the scenes frightening. John’s heart races and he feels sick. Matt
isn’t upset at all by the film and finds the violent scenes amusing. Teachers have noticed that Matt sometimes gets into fights in the playground but John avoids fights. Using your knowledge of explanations of media influences on anti-social behaviour,
Explain the different behaviours shown by Matt and John.

Would I have to use AO1 or AO2 research and how do I structure it?
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Does anybody how to answer the 10 mark scenario based questions?

For example:
Eleven year-old Matt often watches 18 certificate films with his older brothers. He invites his friend John round to play and they watch a violent film together. John isn’t allowed to watch violent films at home and he finds some of the scenes frightening. John’s heart races and he feels sick. Matt
isn’t upset at all by the film and finds the violent scenes amusing. Teachers have noticed that Matt sometimes gets into fights in the playground but John avoids fights. Using your knowledge of explanations of media influences on anti-social behaviour,
Explain the different behaviours shown by Matt and John.

Would I have to use AO1 or AO2 research and how do I structure it?
What I always do is outline theories that would explain the difference between the two behaviours, eg the desensitisation theory and the debating the effects theory. I don't go into huge detail, like I don't outline studies or anything, just the main point of the theories. So like John shows high psychological arousal when watching the movies because he isn't usually allowed to watch them and therefore isn't desensitised to what takes place in the movies, whereas Matt is, hence the lowered psychological arousal. Then explain Matt's replication of the violent behaviour at school using the debating the effects theory.
I don't usually evaluate - I don't think you need to per say, but you probably can.
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Does anybody how to answer the 10 mark scenario based questions?

For example:
Eleven year-old Matt often watches 18 certificate films with his older brothers. He invites his friend John round to play and they watch a violent film together. John isn’t allowed to watch violent films at home and he finds some of the scenes frightening. John’s heart races and he feels sick. Matt
isn’t upset at all by the film and finds the violent scenes amusing. Teachers have noticed that Matt sometimes gets into fights in the playground but John avoids fights. Using your knowledge of explanations of media influences on anti-social behaviour,
Explain the different behaviours shown by Matt and John.

Would I have to use AO1 or AO2 research and how do I structure it?
I just looked at this question and there at 10 marks which aren't split (i.e the question doesn't say 4+6, it's just 10) Therefore all the marks are for A02 and you wouldn't get any credit for random statements about emotional desensitization. The things you get credit for are applying your knowledge to the facts given to you, for example;

'Matt watches violent films all the time and so emotional desensitization explains why he isn't upset by violent scenes anymore, he has come to view this type of behaviour as normal and any shock factor has been eliminated.

Hope that helps
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