Revision Guide – Psychology

SUBJECT: Psychology
EXAM BOARD AND CODE: Edexcel 1PS0
NUMBER OF PAPERS: 2
Paper 1:
1 hour 45 minutes.
98 marks.
55% of qualification.
Paper 2:
1 hour 20 minutes.
79 marks.
45% of qualification
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: 2 x black pens, Calculator, Ruler, Pencil, Rubber, Highlighters
WEBSITE LINK: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/psychology-2017.html


TOPICS TO BE REVISED

Paper 1:
All questions must be answered
The paper consists of 6 sections.
The first five sections cover the topics of;

  • Development
  • Memory
  • The Brain and Neuropsychology
  • Social Influence
  • Psychological Problems: Addiction and Depression

The sixth section consists of two essay style questions covering issues and debates within psychology

Paper 2:
Students must answer all questions in Section A
Students must then answer all questions from 2 topics in section B.

  • Section A: Research Methods
  • Section B: Sleep and Dreaming and The Self

The questions will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions.

Paper 1 in detail:

DEVELOPMENT

  • Development of the brain
  • Piaget’s theory and its role in education and in the development of intelligence
  • Dweck’s mindset theory
  • Willingham’s theory of learning and development
  • Key Studies: Piaget and Inhelder (1956) and Gunderson et al. (2013)
  • Understanding Morality

MEMORY

  • Structure of memory processes
  • Short term and long term memory
  • Amnesia
  • Reconstructive memory and Schemas
  • The Multistore Model of Memory
  • Key Studies: Bartlett (1932) and Peterson and Peterson (1959)
  • Reductionism and Holism

THE BRAIN AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

  • The structure and function of the brain
  • Brain lateralisation
  • Neurons and Synapses
  • Neurological damage
  • Keys Studies: Damasio et al. (1994) and Sperry (1968)
  • How has psychology changed over time

SOCIAL INFLUENCE

  • Obedience
  • Conformity
  • Deindividuation
  • Bystander effect
  • Majority influence
  • Authority
  • Behaviour of crowds
  • Blind obedience
  • Key Studies: Piliavin et al. (1969) and Haney, Banks and Zimbardo (1973)
  • Social and Cultural issues in psychology

PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

  • Symptoms and Features of addiction and depression
  • How mental illness has changed over time
  • The influence of genes
  • The cognitive theory of depression
  • The learning theory of addiction
  • The use of CBT
  • The use of drug treatment
  • Key Studies: Caspi et al. (2003) and Young (2007)
  • The Nature Nurture debate

Paper 2 in detail:

RESEARCH METHODS

  • Variables (independent, dependent and extraneous)
  • Controlling extraneous variables
  • Hypotheses (Experimental, alternative and null)
  • Methods of sampling
  • Experimental designs (independent measures, repeated measures and matched pairs)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative data
  • Ethics in psychological research
  • Research methods (lab experiments, field experiments, natural experiments, interview, questionnaire, observation, case study and correlation)
  • Decimal and standard form
  • Measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode)
  • Calculations (ratio, fractions, percentages, range, normal distribution)
  • Represent data (graphs)
  • Interpret data
  • Primary and secondary data

SLEEP AND DREAMING

  • Functions, features and benefits of sleep
  • Internal and external influences on sleep
  • Symptoms and explanations of sleep disorders: insomnia and narcolepsy
  • Freudian theory of dreaming
  • Hobson and McCarley 1977 – Activation Synthesis
  • Key Studies: Freud (1909) and Siffre (1975)

THE SELF

  • Self-Concept: Existential self and categorical self, self-image, self-esteem, ideal self, self-actualisation, congruence and incongruence
  • The role of identity
  • Humanistic theory of self
  • Maslow (1943)
  • Internal and external influences on the self
  • Measuring personality
  • Trait theory
  • Key Studies: Vohs and Schooler (2008) and Van Houtte and Jarvis (1995)

Revision Tips

Psychology GCSE Revision Guide for Edexcel Paperback – 20 Dec 2018
by Ali Abbas
If you’re studying for a GCSE in Psychology you’ll need a revision guide that tells you everything you need to know. This accessible and interactive book covers all compulsory and all optional topics on the GCSE Edexcel Psychology syllabus introduced in 2017, including development, memory, psychological problems, brain and neuropsychology, social influence and research methods. It summarises the specification material clearly and attractively, enabling you to easily digest and retain the information ready for your exams

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology Student Book Paperback – 12 May 2017
by Christine Brain (Author), Karren Smith (Author), Ms Anna Cave (Author)
Specifically designed to support you with the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Psychology course and assessments.
Provides contemporary and engaging examples that students can relate to such as ‘why we forget things’ and what can affect our memory’.
‘Psychology in Action’ features show how theories apply to everyday life. Helps students to build practical skills and apply knowledge with features such as ‘Apply It’, ‘Try It’ and ‘Develop It’.
Includes a dedicated chapter on research methods and provides maths tips throughout. Includes ‘preparing for your exams’ sections at the end of each topic plus lots of practice and guidance throughout, with a focus on the extended writing questions.


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