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447 thoughts on “Your Questions

  1. am riya of 25 yrs old.. I am virgin.. I having my boy friend .. Last Friday , my roommate( girl) licked my boobs .. So that I did masturbate to her.. I told this incident to my bofriend ..he is totally upset and had extreme depression since last 5 days .. Now my relationship is in danger situation .. I never want that situation to be happened .. And he wants me to convince his mind that didn’t happen in my life .. He need that first time with him only .. I never enjoyed with her . just she licked my boobs .. He gave me 4 hrs time now .. So I need to tell a solution .. Please help me with that

  2. can someone help me out with this plss?
    Baron-Cohen et al (eyes test) used a natural experiment to test for advanced theory of mind in adults with either high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. One way to improve the ecological validity of this study would be by using actors rather than photographs of eyes.
    Design an alternative study using actors rather than photographs and describe how it could be conducted.

  3. Hey Maryam.
    Can you please help me with the following questions

    Q- Suggest how u would use experimental method to investigate which teacher has more effective teaching style
    -Suggest how u would test whether drug’s safe to give to general public
    -Suggest how u would use observation method to obtain data on a pyromaniac

  4. hi , My A level exams are is a week ‘s time .I want to see how to write the answers to questions in section B & C .Have searched all over , can’t find any solved answer papers .

    Plssss help


  5. Hey I’m an A2 student and I’m having alot of problem in answering an 8 mark answer in section B paper 3. Can you please help me out as I’m not sure if we have to write all the details in part A or we just have to describe it briefly like a 1-2 page answer.
    Including all the details the answer is about 4 to 5 pages and that consumes alot of time.
    Please help me out..

  6. hey can you please help me in the evaluation of work conditions(A2 pysch) in terms of ecological validity?

  7. Hi Marium,
    Do you have sample answers for A2 psychology?
    And if there’s a 12 marks question, of evaluation, on for eg abnormal effect, can we evaluate biological therapies in terms of it’s usefulness, including relapse and side effects?
    will be waiting for your response,
    Thankyou 🙂

  8. Hello,
    can anybody help me discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the developmental approach using the study of Nelson (motives and outcomes) as an example ??

    • well they want you to discuss the pros and cons of the approach and somehow relate it to the study. so for developmental strengths includes its usefullness to real life, the findings are useful cause they can be used and applied to real life. for example in nelsons case, findings showed younger children are better visual learners, so they could use this in school when teaching kids by focusing more on pictures,videos, etcetera. another strength could be the simple measures they use, usually the experiment is really simple for children to understand so you could say its replicable due to the standardized procedures. weaknesses could include children being more prone to demand characteristics since they wanna please the researcher. another weakness could be that its unethical to use children due to problems such as consent, children consent isn’t taken, what if they don’t wanna participate? anyway hope that helped.

  9. Hi Maryam! I was wondering if you had notes on the usefulness/application for each of the core studies in AS? Or if you had advice on how to tackle this question? Since I’ve seen quite a few 10 mark questions or 9 mark questions on this topic, I was wondering how to go about it. I’d really appreciate it. Thanks! 🙂

  10. hey! This is a great website and i am panicking because my exams are in a month !
    i hoped you could give us ideas for alternative studies

  11. Hi Maryam!!
    Thaaank youu for the all notes!!!!!! Hepled me in AS when I did not have time to read an entire case study and it really worked!! Sometimes they make me want to trash my textbook hahaha but I use them simultaneously. Anyway, I’m in A2 now with no psychology teacher so I depend on your blog. But there’s a problem with the psychology and health notes. Right from pain to health and safety. Pleeeeease heeeelp 😦 Thank youu!

  12. Hey Maryaam.
    Can you please help me with the following question (I know how to solve such a question but I can’t think of an idea for my experiment)

    Q- Design an alternative study to the Milgram study using an observation in a natural environment and describe how it could be conducted.

    Please help me out, I need to submit this tomorrow xx


    • Hi Zaib!

      Luckily for you, I answered this question in 2015 with a lot of detail so I’m going to copy and paste that answer below for you.

      Conducting Milgram’s study in a natural environment with observation would mean creating a field experiment containing participant or non-participant (or both!) observation.

      Two notable examples are:
      1. Holfing (1966) – An observational field study on nurses who were given orders by a fake doctor over the phone; they were told to administer a medical drug to a specific patient. This study checked their obedience in a situation where they would be breaking rules (e.g. One rule was not to follow over-the-phone instructions from anyone) and it was found that most nurses (21 out of 22) were obedient to a doctor’s orders even when they were knowingly breaking hospital rules.
      2. Bickman (1974) – An observational field study on random people walking on a street. Three actors were dressed differently (milkman, security guard, normal clothes) and gave orders to random people passing by (e.g. Give a coin for a parking meter, pick up litter from the ground, etc.). Bickman observed which actor would be met with the most obedience (answer: security guard!).

      Your alternative study can be similar to the ones above. For example:
      An observational field study on people in a supermarket or store. Your question: will people be more obedient to a fellow shopper or a store manager? Use two actors; one dressed normally, one dressed as a manager (e.g. Name tag and suit). The actors can give the same order and your study can observe and record who people are more obedient to. The order could simply be to hand them a product, call a staff member, or so on.

      To focus more on Milgram’s study, you can conduct a field experiment similar to Hofling because it involved instructions being given and followed regardless of rules/ethics.

      Keep in mind that you must follow these points when designing an alternative study:
      *WHO (Your participants)
      *WHAT (What is the study observing?)
      *WHEN (Will there be a specific time for it?)
      *WHERE (Location)
      *HOW (How will it be conducted and how will results be collected?)

      The “what” and “how” parts are the MOST important – don’t skip them!

      Let me know if this helps!

      Maryam XXX

  13. hey! i am an AS level student who would be taking part in the summer 2017 session. i was hoping you can help with my problem of writing an alternative for the sachter & singer study. i would really appreciate it.

    • Hi James,

      You need to know the different details of the study (i.e. background, aims, hypotheses, sample, sampling technique, experiment design, materials, location/setting, method and results) as well as the evaluation points for each study (i.e. strengths, weaknesses and ethics).

      Hope this helps!


  14. Hey could you help me with this question pls??
    Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the observation method using Mann, Vrij, and Bull’s study as an example.

  15. Hiiii
    Can you let me know if you used a specific pattern while answering a question about evaluation of individual differences approach to psychology? Its a 10 mark question

  16. This blog has given me hope, so a BIG THANKYOU. i have been finding it difficult to redesign experiments, can you please upload a model answer,
    thanks alot

    • You write the applications of the study.

      Usefulness is ultimately asking – how useful is this (the findings) to real life? What have we learnt from it? How has it benefited society? etc.

    • Hi Sabeeha,

      I hope thepsychstud has explained it simply enough for you – it’s all about applying the study to real life. This does kind of involve giving the strengths but with some description so… “A strength of this field experiment is the natural real-life location…” But how is this USEFUL? “…this is useful because the findings will be more true to real life and, therefore, more generalisable.”

      Does that make sense? Let me know if you’re still uncertain.

      Hope this helps!
      Maryam X

  17. Hey Maryam!
    can you give me a detailed answer for this question?
    Evaluate what psychologists have discovered about schizophrenia, including a discussion about generalizations. 12marks

  18. i have a question please help me!
    Design an alternative study of intergroup categorisation with higher ecological validity and
    describe how it could be conducted. [10]
    (c) Evaluate this alternative way of studying intergroup categorisation in methodological and
    ethical terms. [10]

    • One possible alternative could be a natural experiment via questionnaires completed online at home, college or work.

      Remember in Tajfel, they are investigating minimal conditions where prejudice / discrimination occurs.

      Stage 1 – Participants could initially register – Volunteer Sampling – and answer a simple questionnaire regarding a few not too personal questions (age, occupations, hobbies, etc.) – participants could then (although randomly allocated) be told that they have been put into groups based on similarities.

      Stage 2 – Participants sent matrices and asked to award points to each group in line with Tajfel’s original study.

      Another possible alternative could be an observation of groups in the real world – for example, a school sports match (observe parents or children) or some other inter-school challenge (debating, science fair, etc) and look for acts of discrimination.

      A final suggestion is a field experiment in a school – separate students into 2 groups, provide each student with a blank piece of paper – tell them that you are interested in ‘how education for teenagers could be improved’ .and that the best suggestions will get a prize …… ask them to individually put their group number at the top of the paper (1 or 2) and then write five things that they believe would improve education or some other topic of your choice.

      Then create two lists of ‘recommendations’ – one from Group 1 the other from Group 2 ….. you may need to continue to deceive by manipulating these lists ………

      Finally give each student List 1 & List 2 and ask them to rate each suggestion via a Likert Scale ……. if mere categorization can cause discrimination you would expect to find that the ‘mean’ score for each in-group is higher than that of the out-group.

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