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  1. Experiment. Are bilingual people more proficient at multitasking between cognitive tasks?

    This is called language co-activation. This can be seen during speech recognition when the brain?s language system guesses what a word is based on the first syllables heard. For instance, if you hear ?can?, it will likely activate words such as ?candy? and ?candle?. For bilingual people, this is not restricted to a single language and the brain will activate corresponding words irrespective of which language they belong to. This is illustrated in a 2003 study, where the eye movements of English speakers and Russian-English bilinguals were studied.

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  2. To what extent do bystanders have a responsibility in the case of Marques Gaines?

    Social psychologists and researchers have studied this event for decades, naming it the "bystander effect." The bystander effect is a situation where people do not offer help in emergency situations if other people are near, even when one is capable of doing so. To date no arrests have been made, the family of the victim filed a lawsuit, claiming that this was not an accident, how could the taxi driver over without noticing the person? Why did the robbers steal his personal belongings without pushing him to the side?

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  3. With reference to relevant research studies, to what extent does genetic inheritance influence behaviour?

    155 of which were in their first trimester, 183 in the second trimester, and 158 in the third trimester. Their mean age was 28.1 years. They were recruited through postings to pregnancy-related web sites. Participation was anonymous, and no compensation was offered. On the Web-based questionnaire, the participants indicated their current level of nausea using a 16-point scale and answered questions to test their disgust sensitivity in eight different areas (e.g. food; contact with animals, body products, and dead animals; hygiene; contact with toilets).

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"The brain is wider than the sky."

-Emily Dickinson

If you want to explore the thoughts and motivations of all humans on earth, from individuals like your mother, to groups like football teams, then youmight like to choose psychology as your group 3 subject for the International Baccalaureate diploma. Psychology offers students the chance to study human thought and behaviour as interpreted through the lenses of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural analysis.

Strong writing skills will be necessary here, as much of the assessment rests upon written work. If your writing needs a bit of encouragement, visit Marked by Teachers' collection of student-submitted IB psychology papers. Make a habit of studying our teacher-marked examples and you'll have all the tools you need to write excellent essays and reports.

Psychology is a good option if you'd like to go to university to study psychology or a related subject like sociology. It's also a great group 3 choice if you're going down the science route, as it can serve to complement group 4 courses like biology.


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  • To what extent is psychodynamic effective in its application to everyday life?

    "In conclusion, psychoanalytically-informed play therapy can be a powerful form of treatment. But it can sometimes be lengthy, costly, hard, and painful for both children and their parents. For the child therapist, learning and mastering psychoanalytic play therapy can be demanding, both intellectually and emotionally. It requires conviction and personal involvement and yet it's very subjective and cannot be generalised."

  • Psychology essay-- Discuss the effectiveness of the biological perspective in explaining one psychological or social question.

    "In conclusion, it is very effective to explain aggression through the biological perspective since there are many aspects that control aggression such as hormones and even parts of the brain. It is effective because through the assumptions of the biological perspective, such as all behaviour is caused and that all that is psychological is physiological-since the mind appears to reside the brain, all thoughts, behaviour and emotions ultimately have a physical cause- it can be concluded that aggression is caused by the brain and certain chemicals and hormones."

  • Psychology discuss one contribution of the learning perspective to the scientific study of behaviour

    "In conclusion, classical conditioning as explained by Pavlov's laboratory experiment with dogs helps explain how the learning perspective used scientific experiments for the first time in psychology in the way that they tried to prove theories in a controlled environment. This contributed to the scientific study of behavior as it led to other perspectives adopting similar methods and so making their theories more valid."

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