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  • IB Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes
  • The course has roots in both the natural and the social sciences, leading to a variety of research designs and applications and providing a unique approach to understanding modern society
  • Examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach
  • Understanding how psychologyical knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour
  • Ensure that ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry
  • Develop an understanding of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour
  • Develop an understanding of alternative explanations of behaviour
  • Understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry

Part 1: Core (SL/HL)
The biological level of analysis
The cognitive level of analysis
The sociocultural level of analysis

Part 2: Options (SL/HL)
Abnormal psychology
Developmental psychology
Health psychology
Psychology of human relationships
Sport psychology

Part 3: Qualitative research methodology (HL only)
Qualitative research in psychology

Part 4: Simple experimental study (SL/HL)
Introduction to experimental research methodology


    • To what extent do the knowledge claims of the social sciences apply across different historical periods and cultures?
    • Does psychological research ever prove anything? Why do we say that results only indicate or suggest?
    • How are ethics involved in the study of psychology? When and how do ethical standards change?

    Paper 1
    Question response and essay

    Paper 2
    Answer one of 15 question in essay form

    Study report
    A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student

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