OCR Psychology for AS

Includes Student Learning CD

By Karen Oliver, et al.
September 2008
Hodder Education
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9780340968123
430 pages, Illustrated
$62.50 Paper Original
Ages 16-18


OCR Psychology for AS is a brand new text for the 2008 OCR specification, covering all 15 core studies, contextualising, presenting and evaluating each study in full, in order to make it relevant to the student. The textbook is highly accessible and readable, with useful guidance on comparing studies, applying themes, and learning key concepts and terminology.

Each study is introduced in detail, with Background, Aims and Methods to fully contextualise it, and includes Focus on Themes and Focus on Research Methods boxes to aid students. There is also a separate chapter dedicated to Research Methods, and numerous hints and tips for top exam performance.

Written by Karon Oliver and Louise Ellerby-Jones, both well-known authors, examiners and experienced teachers, OCR Psychology for AS provides lively and accessible coverage of the 15 core studies. Also included in every copy is our unique Dynamic Learning Student CD, including:

· self-test exercises
· knowledge quizzes
· multiple-choice questions
· evaluations and summaries of the core studies.

These comprehensive digital resources bring learning to life, allowing students to test their knowledge and understanding of all key areas.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 – Investigating People : How do Psychologists do it?
Chapter 2 - Social Psychology
Core Study: Milgram (obedience)
Core Study: Reicher & Haslam (the BBC prison study)
Core Study: Piliavin, Rodin and Piliavin (subway Samaritan)
Chapter 3 - Cognitive Psychology
Core Study: Loftus and Palmer (eyewitness testimony)
Core Study: Baron-Cohen, Jolliffe, Mortimore & Robertson (autism)
Core Study: Savage-Rumbaugh (pygmy chimpanzees)
Chapter 4 - Children’s Development, including the Psychoanalytic Perspective and Behaviourist Perspective
Core Study: Samuel and Bryant (conservation)
Core Study: Bandura, Ross and Ross (imitating aggression))
Core Study: Freud (Little Hans)
Chapter 5 - Physiological psychology
Core Study: Maguire et al (taxi drivers’ brains)
Core Study: Dement and Kleitman (sleep and dreaming)
Core Study: Sperry (split brains)
Chapter 6 - The psychology of individual differences
Core Study: Rosenhan (sane in insane places)
Core Study: Thigpen and Cleckley (multiple personality disorder)
Core Study: Griffiths (gambling)
Chapter 7 – Preparing for the Core Studies Exam

About the Author(s):
Karon Oliver is a senior educational psychologist and experienced teacher, as well as a former Chair of the Association of Teachers of Psychology. Louise Ellerby-Jones is an examiner for a leading exam board and a teacher of psychology at The Highfield School, Letchworth.

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