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Themes

A number of themes run through the course.

In particular, the themes influence the types of questions on the core studies Section B and C paper.

You will need to know what each of the terms mean and how the themes can be applied to some of the core studies.

Approaches

Physiological

Cognitive

Individual differences

Developmental

Social

Perspectives

Behaviourist

Psychodynamic

Methods

Experimental (laboratory and field)

Case study

Self-report

Observation

Methodological issues such as reliability and validity

Issues

Ethics

Ecological validity

Longitudinal and snapshot

Qualitative and quantitative data

Debates

Nature and Nurture

Individual and situational explanations

Reductionism

Determinism

Ethnocentric bias