Big Bang operant conditioning

AQA’s new (draft) AS and A Level specifications feature Approaches in Psychology, where students learn about the contribution made to our understanding of human behaviour by psychologists and other individuals who probably secretly wished they were psychologists. The behaviourist approach is a favourite of ours, especially operant conditioning as exemplified in this clip from The […]

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Correction to Research Methods Companion

Page 110 of the Research Methods Companion has a small but statistically very significant error: in the table for Step 3, the last value should be 0.3905 instead of 1.3905. We are very grateful to Kelly Bristow for bringing this typo to our attention and the corrected page is attached here: apologies for any chi-squared […]

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The First World War and approaches to shell shock

Today is the centenary of the start of the First World War for Britain, a war in which seventeen million soldiers and civilians from countries around the world were killed. The horrors of the First World War produced psychological trauma on a scale never before seen in warfare: ‘shell shock’. The following video from the […]

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Wilhelm Wundt

Wilhelm Wundt features in the new draft A Level psychology specification from AQA where students, as part of their introduction to approaches in psychology, will learn about the ‘Origins of Psychology: Wundt, introspection and the emergence of Psychology as a science’. The following three video clips provide some background information about Wilhelm Wundt’s methods, origins, […]

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A2 Exam Companion – corrections

We have made the following corrections to the A2 Exam Companion: On page64 the top right hand answer plan should read ‘after gender labelling but before gender constancy’ and not the other way around. On page 84 the Division title at the top of the page should be ‘Development of thinking’ and not ‘Biological rhythms’. […]

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Just forget it

Our new draft AQA A Level psychology spec includes Explanations for forgetting in the Memory topic, which means we’ve decided to make a note of this recent research on forgetting (as reported in the BPS Research Digest ) before it slips our mind. In the first part of this research, conducted at Regensburg University, Germany, participants were presented […]

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Facebook ethics

At the start of this July (2014), Facebook hit the news worldwide, all because of research methods. If ever proof were needed that research methods are super-exciting, here it was! A study conducted over one week in 2012 had altered the extent to which 689,000 Facebook users were exposed to emotional content in their News […]

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ATP 2014

Many thanks to the organisers of this year’s ATP conference for an exceptionally informative and inspiring three days. And many thanks from all at the OUP stand to all the teachers who spared the time to fill out questionnaires, give us feedback on our publishing and tell us what they needed from us for the challenges of […]

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