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Case studies are very detailed investigations of an individual or small group of people, usually regarding an unusual phenomenon or biographical event of interest to a research field. Due to a small sample, the case study can conduct an in-depth analysis of the individual/group.
Evaluation of case studies:
- Case studies create opportunities for a rich yield of data, and the depth of analysis can in turn bring high levels of validity (i.e. providing an accurate and exhaustive measure of what the study is hoping to measure).
- Studying abnormal psychology can give insight into how something works when it is functioning correctly, such as brain damage on memory (e.g. the case study of patient KF, whose short-term memory was impaired following a motorcycle accident but left his long-term memory intact, suggesting there might be separate physical stores in the brain for short and long-term memory).
- The detail collected on a single case may lead to interesting findings that conflict with current theories, and stimulate new paths for research.
- There is little control over a number of variables involved in a case study, so it is difficult to confidently establish any causal relationships between variables.
- Case studies are unusual by nature, so will have poor reliability as replicating them exactly will be unlikely.
- Due to the small sample size, it is unlikely that findings from a case study alone can be generalised to a whole population.
- The case study’s researcher may become so involved with the study that they exhibit bias in their interpretation and presentation of the data, making it challenging to distinguish what is truly objective/factual.
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As level ocr psychology h167 core studies.
Understanding the categories of each study is vital to succeeding in your OCR AS Psychology exam: Psychological themes in the core study. In the AS H167 exam, there are 10 studies, divided into five areas, with a classic and contemporary study in each area. Each individual area has a theme, and it is vital to your success in this exam that you learn each study and its area and corresponding theme.
Use this page as a hub for your revision.
The H167 exam has 75 marks and lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. This exam contributes to 50% of your AS Psychology grade. The AS exam consists of 3 sections:
- Section A – Mainly knowledge about the core studies
- Section B – Areas perspectives and debates
- Section C – Areas perspectives and debates
Section C is the most challenging part of the exam. I recommend writing the H167 exam in reverse. Start with Section C, then Section B and then Section A.
Psychological Themes in the Core Studies:
Social Psychology – Responses to people in authority
Classic Study: Milgram (1963) – Obedience to Authority
Contemporary Study: Bocchiaro et al., (2012) – Disobedience and whistle-blowing
Cognitive Psychology – Memory
Classic Study: Loftus and Palmer (1974) – Eyewitness Testimony
Contemporary Study: Grant et al (1998) – Context-dependent memory
Biological Psychology – Regions in the Brain
Classic Study: Sperry (1968) – Split brain study
Contemporary Study: Casey et al (2011) – Neural correlates of delay of gratification
Developmental Psychology – External Influences on Children’s Behaviour
Classic Study: Bandura et al (1961) – Theme: Transmission of aggression
Contemporary Study: Chaney et al (2004) – Theme: Funhaler Study
Individual Differences – Understanding Disorders
Classic Study: Freud (1909) – Little Hans
Contemporary Study: Baron-Cohen et al (1997) – Autism in adults
Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. The Journal of abnormal and social psychology , 67 (4),
Bocchiaro, P., Zimbardo, P. G., & Van Lange, P. A. (2012). To defy or not to defy: An experimental study of the dynamics of disobedience and whistle-blowing. Social Influence , 7 (1), 35-50.
Loftus, E. F., & Palmer, J. C. (1974). Reconstruction of automobile destruction: An example of the interaction between language and memory. Journal of verbal learning and verbal behavior , 13 (5), 585-589.
Grant, H. M., Bredahl, L. C., Clay, J., Ferrie, J., Groves, J. E., McDorman, T. A., & Dark, V. J. (1998). Context-dependent memory for meaningful material: Information for students. Applied Cognitive Psychology , 12 (6), 617-623.
Sperry, R. W. (1968). Hemisphere deconnection and unity in conscious awareness. American Psychologist , 23 (10), 723.
Casey, B. J., Somerville, L. H., Gotlib, I. H., Ayduk, O., Franklin, N. T., Askren, M. K., … & Glover, G. (2011). Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 108 (36), 14998-1
Bandura, A., Ross, D., & Ross, S. A. (1961). Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models. Educational Psychology in context. Readings for future teachers. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oakes , 57-66.
Freud, S. (1909) Analysis of a phobia of a five-year old boy. The Pelican Library, Vol. 8, Case Histories, p. 169-306
Baron‐Cohen, S., Jolliffe, T., Mortimore, C., & Robertson, M. (1997). Another advanced test of theory of mind: Evidence from very high functioning adults with autism or Asperger syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry , 38 (7), 813-822.
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4 thoughts on “ AS Level OCR Psychology H167 Core Studies ”
this helped, thanks
Very informative, thank you!
Very useful for AS unfortunately no core studies from A2, would be good if this was added at some point soon!
The A2 studies are on the H567 page.
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Revision OCR A-Level Psychology, Paper 2: The four cognitive case studies
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Revision OCR A-Level Psychology: The four cognitive case studies
Paper 2 Psychological Themes Through Core Studies Cognitive Psychology Revision overviews of studies #5 to #8
#5. Loftus & Palmer #6. Grant et al #7. Moray #8. Simons & Chabris
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