Moderators’ advice for your IA

Subject Reports The IB Diploma Psychology subject reports were published recently. They are where examiners and IB Diploma moderators give feedback on the quality of the May 2104 exams and the IAs.  This month we will take a look at what the moderators said about the IAs, both HL and SL.  Those of you taking your exams in May 2015 have probably now started your IA experimental study, and those of you taking your exams in November 2015 or May 2016 ...

The sociocultural level of analysis – attribution theory: “Why did he do that?”

This month's post is on attribution theory. The student OSC blog is on also attribution theory, as this is one of the longest-lasting sociocultural theories, that resonates in business theory as well as in psychology, sociology and anthropology. While Heider’s original theory falls within the sociocultural level of analysis, there is a growing movement to see our desire to explain and understand the behaviour of others as part of cognitive neuroscience. The TED talk below bridges this gap. See this TED ...

Exam recommendations for students

The November IB Diploma Psychology exams are just around the corner (Nov 6th and 7th), and the May exams are also not so very far away. Feedback for students from the May 2013 session examiners can help you to succeed. Examiners’ recommendations to students (from May 2013 papers, for both timezones) Paper 1 Practice time management. Many candidates wrote far too much for the questions in section A, which limited their time for section B. Read the questions carefully and give answers on the question ...

Don’t just do something – stand there! The psychological benefits of procrastination.

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I am making a link each month between what is on the teacher blog and what I post for the OSC student blog. Last month it was the levels of analysis, and interaction between the environment and the brain. This month it is…procrastination. The students get an upbeat TEDx talk from Vik Nithy (below), a recently graduating student on how to avoid procrastination and its damaging effects. [youtuber youtube='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD440CY2Vs0'] The psychology talk on the student blog describes procrastination as a struggle between ...

The psychology of procrastination

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From http://www.independentteacher.com/2012/09/procrastination/ The semester/term starts soon, or has already started for those of you in the Northern hemisphere with IB exams in May. (I know that those students taking the IB Diploma exams in November have been in school a very long time, but this applies equally to you). Very soon the work will be coming in, but “Hey! Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.” This is procrastination, and it is all about decisions – the ...

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

As student study Abnormal Psychology they are often surprised that shyness could be considered a psychological disorder. The distinction between social anxiety disorder and shyness can be hard to discern. A recently published book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, raises a number of provocative ideas about the subject. The major ideas of her argument is outlined here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar1kEN_ZPNM&feature=youtu.be

The Power of Collaboration and Blogging

Using technology in schools offers opportunities to enhance communication, collaboration and creativity.  Blogging is an example of this potential and I have long been an advocate of blogs as means of helping students learn. Another possibility is setting up a blog with multiple contributors that draws on the expertise and experience of colleagues. Quite often psychology teachers find themselves the only teacher of the subject in their school and while a authoring a blog can provide students with a valuable resource ...

Neurobollocks

Only a British commentator could come up with a title like Your Brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks. The article laments that An intellectual pestilence is upon us. Shop shelves groan with books purporting to explain, through snazzy brain-imaging studies, not only how thoughts and emotions function, but how politics and religion work, and what the correct answers are to age-old philosophical controversies. The dazzling real achievements of brain research are routinely pressed into service for questions they were never ...

Health Psychology and Student Blogging

Since the advent of blogging, teachers have encouraged students to maintain their own blog. One young blogger with the blog NeverSeconds.blogspot.co.uk, has built an amazing following and has been read by 8 million readers. The topic-- school lunches. Out high school students will surely be impressed with this blog considered its young author is still in primary school. Her story was recounted in a recent Ted Talks.