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Core Studies

Some examples of Core Studies section B questions

 

 

 

1. Choose one of the core studies below:

 

Samuel and Bryant: conservation

Milgram: obedience

Baron-Cohen, Jollife, Mortimer and Robertson: advanced test of theory of mind, autism in adults

 

and answer the following questions:

 

(a) Briefly outline the previous research or event which was the stimulus for your chosen study.

[2]

(b) Describe how the sample in your chosen study was selected and suggest one advantage of using this sample.

[6]

(c) Explain why your chosen study can be considered a laboratory experiment.

[6]

(d) Give one advantage and one disadvantage of conducting your chosen study in a laboratory.

[6]

(e) Suggest how your chosen study could be improved.

[8]

(f) Outline the implications of the improvements you have suggested for your chosen study.

[8]

 

Total [36]

 

 

 

2. Choose one of the core studies below:

 

Rosenhan: on being sane in insane places

Bandura: transmission of aggression

Piliavin, Rodin and Piliavin: good Samaritanism

 

and answer the following questions:

 

(a) What was the aim of your chosen study?

[2]

(b) Describe the method in your chosen study and give one advantage of using this method.

[6]

(c) Describe two ethical issues raised by your chosen study.

[6]

(d) With reference to your chosen study, explain one reason why the researcher(s) needed to break ethical guidelines and one reason why they should not have done so.

[6]

(e) Suggest how your chosen study could be made more ethical.

[8]

(f) Outline the implications of the ethical changes you have suggested for your chosen study.

[8]

 

Total [36]