Biological Level of Analysis

The general learning outcomes:

Outline principles that define the biological level of analysis (for example, patterns of behaviour can be inherited; animal research may inform our understanding of human behaviour; cognitions, emotions and behaviours are products of the anatomy and physiology of our nervous and endocrine systems).

Explain how principles that define the biological level of analysis may be demonstrated in research (that is, theories and/or studies).

Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the biological level of analysis (for example, experiments, observation, correlational studies).

Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the biological level of analysis.

Physiology and Behaviour

Explain one study related to localisation of function in the brain.

Using one or more examples, explain effects of neurotransmission on human behaviour (for example, the effect of noradrenaline on depression).

Using one or more examples, explain functions of two hormones in human behaviour.

Discuss__two__ effects of the environment on physiological processes (for example, effects of jet lag on bodily rhythms, effects of deprivation on neuroplasticity, effects of environmental stressors on reproductive mechanisms.

Examine one interaction between cognition and physiology in terms of behaviour (for example agnosia, anosognosia, prosapagnosia, amnesia). Evaluate __two__ relevant studies.

Discuss the use of brain imaging technologies (for example, CAT, PET, fMRI) in investigating the relationship between biological factors and behaviour.

Genetics and Behaviour

With reference to relevant research studies, to what extent does genetic inheritance influence behaviour?


Examine one evolutionary explanation of behaviour.

Discuss ethical consideration in research into genetic influences on behaviour.


Cognitive Level of Analysis

General Learning Outcomes

//Outline principles that define the cognitive level of analysis (for example, mental representations guide behaviour, mental processes can be scientifically investigated).//

Explain how principles that define the cognitive level of analysis may be demonstrated in research (that is, theories and / or studies).

//Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the cognitive level of analysis (for example, experiments, observations, interviews).//


//Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the cognitive level of analysis.//


Cognitive Processes


Evaluate schema theory with reference to research studies.

Evaluate two models or theories of one cognitive process (for example, memory, perception, language, decision-making with reference to research studies).

Explain how biological factors may affect one cognitive process (for example, Alzheimer's disease, brain damage, sleep deprivation).

Discuss how social or cultural factors affect one cognitive process (for example, education, carpentered world hypothesis, effect of video games on attention).

With reference to relevant research studies, to what extent is one cognitive process reliable (for example, reconstructive memory, perception / visual illusions, decision making / heuristics)?

Discuss the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes (for example, MRI scans in memory research, fMRI scans in decision-making research).

Cognition and Emotion

To what extent do cognitive and biological factors interact in emotion (for example, two factor theory, arousal theory, Lazarus' theory of appraisal)?

Evaluate one theory of how emotion may affect one cognitive process (for example, state-dependent memory, flashbulb memory, affective filters).

Sociocultural Level of Analysis

General Learning Outcomes

Outline principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis (for example, the social and cultural environment influences individual behaviour; we want connectedness with and a sense of belonging to others; we construct our conceptions of the individual and social self).
Explain how principles that define the sociocultural level of analysis may be demonstrated in research (that is, theories and / or studies).
Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the sociocultural level of analysis (for example, participant / naturalistic observation, interviews, case studies).
//Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the sociocultural level of analysis.//

Sociocultural Cognition

**Describe** the role of situational (external) and dispositional (internal) factors in explaining behaviour.

**Discuss** two errors in attributions (for example, fundamental attribution error, illusory correlation, self-serving bias).

**Evaluate** social identity theory, making reference to relevant studies.

**Explain** the formation of stereotypes and their effect on behaviour.

Social Norms

**Explain** social learning theory, making reference to **two** relevant studies.

**Discuss** the use of compliance techniques (for example, low-balling, foot-in-the-door, reciprocity).

**Evaluate** research on conformity to group norms.

**Discuss** factors influencing conformity (for example, culture, groupthink, risky shift, minority influence).

Cultural Norms

**Define** the terms 'culture' and 'cultural norms'.

**Examine** the role of __two__ cultural dimensions on behaviour (for example, individualism / collectivism, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, Confucian dynamism, masculinity / femininity).

Using one or more examples, **explain** 'emic' and 'etic' concepts.