Psychology AQA: Biopsych Watch

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Currently revising Biopsych for P2 and i'm just wondering how much detail you need to know as i have a LOT in my notes. So for example, when studying localisation for the brain by notes on auditory centres are: "The area of the brain concerned with hearing, most of this area lies within the temporal lobe. Each hemisphere has auditory centres on both sides of the brain. The auditory pathway starts in the cochlea in the inner ear - here, soundwaves are converted into nerve impulses which then travel to the auditory cortex. It travels by the brain stem where basic decoding takes place. It then travels down to the Thalamus which acts as a relay centre and processes the auditory stimulus further, reaching the auditory cortex where it is recognised and may result in an appropriate response".
The majority of my notes for Biopsych are like this, because i think my teacher wasn't that confident teaching us it and wanted to give us extra info rather than less.
Im just wondering if anybody knows if this is too detailed or how it should be? Obviously, there is a lot more in biopsych to revise so if this detail isn't necessary i will cut it down.
In addition, has anybody been taught the scientific approach for the Approaches module in P2?
Thanks,
Heloise
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(Original post by heloiseslater999)
Hi!

Currently revising Biopsych for P2 and i'm just wondering how much detail you need to know as i have a LOT in my notes. So for example, when studying localisation for the brain by notes on auditory centres are: "The area of the brain concerned with hearing, most of this area lies within the temporal lobe. Each hemisphere has auditory centres on both sides of the brain. The auditory pathway starts in the cochlea in the inner ear - here, soundwaves are converted into nerve impulses which then travel to the auditory cortex. It travels by the brain stem where basic decoding takes place. It then travels down to the Thalamus which acts as a relay centre and processes the auditory stimulus further, reaching the auditory cortex where it is recognised and may result in an appropriate response".
The majority of my notes for Biopsych are like this, because i think my teacher wasn't that confident teaching us it and wanted to give us extra info rather than less.
Im just wondering if anybody knows if this is too detailed or how it should be? Obviously, there is a lot more in biopsych to revise so if this detail isn't necessary i will cut it down.
In addition, has anybody been taught the scientific approach for the Approaches module in P2?
Thanks,
Heloise
Biopsychology should be just as much information as every other AO1. If you still don't know how much you should be remembering, try a biopsychology past paper question and look at the markscheme for that question. This will show you how much detail you really need to remember. You don't have to learn every single detail, as long as you have enough to get all the marks/you learn the absolute essentials, you'll do great! Remember not to OVER write which is what I tend to do for every single AO1, just because I end up mistakenly memorise too much of the information I was given! Try to draw biopsychology rather than just reading it because it will help you to understand it so much more thoroughly and it will stick in your mind a lot more than if you just read it as it's visual.

Additionally, there is no 'scientific approach' specifically in the approaches. Below is a list of the approaches you need to know, some of them are classed as 'scientific' approaches.
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Biopsychology should be just as much information as every other AO1. If you still don't know how much you should be remembering, try a biopsychology past paper question and look at the markscheme for that question. This will show you how much detail you really need to remember. You don't have to learn every single detail, as long as you have enough to get all the marks/you learn the absolute essentials, you'll do great! Remember not to OVER write which is what I tend to do for every single AO1, just because I end up mistakenly memorise too much of the information I was given! Try to draw biopsychology rather than just reading it because it will help you to understand it so much more thoroughly and it will stick in your mind a lot more than if you just read it as it's visual.

Additionally, there is no 'scientific approach' specifically in the approaches. Below is a list of the approaches you need to know, some of them are classed as 'scientific' approaches.
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Hi, thank you so much! Yes, i think i just need to make them a little more concise - i struggle with Biopsych and don't want to confuse myself. I'm exactly the same about AO1 - i revise a lot in one go and feel the need to include everything i have learnt, never leaving enough time for AO3 in 16 markers. With regards to the scientific approach, i didn't think there was one! I have been told by my teacher that its relevant and could come up as a 16 marker but i highly doubt that it will as i can't seem to find it on the spec...fingers crossed. Thank you so much for your help
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