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Jonathan Firth
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Psychology teacher and blogger.
Psychology teacher and blogger.

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Memory: dual coding theory
Despite its long history (see this post on the method of loci ), visual imagery has at times been neglected in the study of memory. Behaviourist psychologist J.B. Watson considered it to be unimportant, with mental images mere shadows or 'ghosts' of the ver...

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Authoritarian personalities - the psychology of fascism
In trying to explain human behaviour, psychology sometimes delves into interesting and important areas of religion and politics. The Second World War , in particular, led to a huge amount of research, trying to explain why people are sometimes willing to be...

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Authoritarian personalities - the psychology of fascism
In trying to explain human behaviour, psychology sometimes delves into interesting and important areas of religion and politics. The Second World War , in particular, led to a huge amount of research, trying to explain why people are sometimes willing to be...

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Is relationship choice based on evolution?
Relationships can be explained in various different ways. In psychology, cognitive theories of relationships suggest that they are a matter of weighing up costs and benefits - in effect, arguing that we make our relationship choices rationally. In contrast,...

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Hazan & Shaver (1987) - the 'Love Quiz' study
A number of studies have tried to find out whether a person's personality and their relationship behaviour is similar to how they acted as a child. If so, it suggests that they way we are brought up sets a pattern that could last throughout life - the so ca...

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Research assignments - conformity
Conformity is a popular choice for a Higher or N5 Psychology research assignment, but be careful - there are significant ethical issues to avoid. SQA guidance forbids Asch-type experiments , and even experiments based on the Jenness study have issues. It is...

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For your mandatory school psychology coursework, social psychology and sleep topics tend to suffer from ethical issues and are hard to control, and it generally works best to do an experiment. Therefore I'd recommend controlled experimental studies on cogni...

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Relationships Option Topic - Applications
In N5 and Higher Psychology , you will have studied an optional topic in the Social Behaviour unit. Relationships/attachment, prejudice and aggression are among the most popular options, but there are several other possibilities. This post focuses on relati...

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Resisting Social Pressure - What to Include?
There can be a tendency to neglect the area of 'resisting social pressure' in the Conformity & Obedience topic. This is the applied area of the topic - where you explain how the topic has relevance in terms of improving things in the real world. So what sho...

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Conformity and Obedience - Useful Posts
An overview of the posts from this site on the topic of conformity & obedience: Summary info and theoretical ideas: Why do we conform? Do People Conform When They Have Strong Beliefs? NSI and ISI Culture in social psychology Lost innocence: what do addictio...
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