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What was left out of the advanced information - AQA

I made a list of which bullet points were left out of the advance information with the following options: Aggression, Cognition and Development, and Schizophrenia.

What’s not supposedly in the exam:

Social Influence:

Types of conformity: internalisation, identification and compliance. Explanations for conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence, and variables affecting conformity including group size, unanimity and task difficulty as investigated by Asch.

Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo.

The role of social influence processes in social change.


Types of long-term memory: episodic, semantic, procedural.

Explanations for forgetting: proactive and retroactive interference and retrieval failure due to absence of cues.

Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony: misleading information, including leading questions and post-event discussion; anxiety.


Caregiver-infant interactions in humans: reciprocity and interactional synchrony. Stages of attachment identified by Schaffer. Multiple attachments and the role of the father.


The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression: Beck’s negative triad and Ellis’s ABC model; cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), including challenging irrational thoughts.

Approaches in psychology:

The cognitive approach: the study of internal mental processes, the role of schema, the use of theoretical and computer models to explain and make inferences about mental processes. The emergence of cognitive neuroscience.

The biological approach: the influence of genes, biological structures and neurochemistry on behaviour. Genotype and phenotype, the genetic basis of behaviour, evolution and behaviour.

Comparison of approaches.


The function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones.

The fight or flight response includes the role of adrenaline.

Biological rhythms: circadian, infradian and ultradian and the difference between these rhythms. The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle.

Issues and Debates:

Gender and culture in Psychology universality and bias. Gender bias including androcentrism and alpha and beta bias; cultural bias, including ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.

The nature-nurture debate: the relative importance of heredity and environment in determining behaviour; the interactionist approach.

Holism and reductionism: levels of explanation in Psychology. Biological reductionism and environmental (stimulus-response) reductionism.

Cognition and Development:

Baillargeon’s explanation of early infant abilities, including knowledge of the physical world; violation of expectation research.


Classification of schizophrenia. Positive symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including speech poverty and avolition. Reliability and validity in diagnosis and classification of schizophrenia, including reference to co-morbidity, culture and gender bias and symptom overlap.

Biological explanations for schizophrenia: genetics and neural correlates, including the dopamine hypothesis.


The ethological explanation of aggression, including reference to innate releasing mechanisms and fixed action patterns. Evolutionary explanations of human aggression.

Social psychological explanations of human aggression, include the frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning theory as applied to human aggression, and de-individuation.

Institutional aggression in the context of prisons: dispositional and situational explanations.

(edited 2 years ago)

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