DP Psychology

 Welcome to DP Psychology!

Something for future evaluation of animal research? THOSE who study animal behaviour have long feared that their mere presence might affect the outcomes of their experiments. Few attempts have been made to see if it actually does so—but a study just published in Nature Methods by Jeffrey Mogil of McGill University in Montreal and his colleagues has tried to correct that deficiency. Their research shows that even the sex of the scientist might play a role.

Interesting research article on computers vs. old-fashioned note taking:

“But has anyone actually compared the two? Is it possible that laptops somehow impair learning — or conversely, that pen and paper convey some subtle advantage in the classroom? Two psychological scientists, Pam Mueller of Princeton and Daniel Oppenheimer of UCLA, wondered if laptops, despite their plusses, might lead to a shallower kind of cognitive processing, and to lower quality learning. They decided to test the old and the new in a head-to-head contest.”Continue reading on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wray-herbert/ink-on-paper-some-notes-o_b_4681440.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Found this video on youtube and thought it would be worth a watch (especially if you are a DP2 student and preparing for the exams):

The Marshmallow Experiment & Time:


Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself!


After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them

The next time you’re tempted to complain about pop quizzes, midterms or final exams, consider this – research has demonstrated that taking tests actually helps you better remember what you’ve learned, even if it wasn’t covered on the test (Chan et al., 2006).

Another study found that repeated test-taking may be a better memory aid than studying (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006). Students who were tested repeatedly were able to recall 61 percent of the material while those in the study group recalled only 40 percent. How can you apply these findings to your own life? When trying to learn new information, self-test frequently in order to cement what you have learned into your memory.

 What phantom limbs and mirrors teach us about the brain

By Stephanie Hegarty BBC World Service, 5 December 2011

In a lab in southern California scientists are curing the previously incurable with little more than a mirror, and changing our understanding of the brain in the process.

In mid-November the team at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) announced the results of a small pilot study which suggests that a simple mind trick involving mirrors can help ease the pain of osteoarthritis, a condition that affects one in 10 people.

That study is in its very early stages, but since the mid-1990s neuroscientist Vilyanur S Ramachandran, who heads the team, has been extolling the benefits of mirrors for all manner of diseases and syndromes, from stroke to the mind-boggling medical phenomenon of the phantom limb.A diagram of mirror therapy

Ramachandran’s 20-year association with the mirror, and phantom limbs, has driven him to the forefront of experimental neuroscience. Continue reading on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15938103

Seminars at Lund University:

Hypnosis: An Evidence Based Approach

Professor Irving Kirsch, PhD
Associate Director, Program in Placebo Studies and Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Hypnosis is a useful tool that is capable of enhancing the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Hypnotic suggestions can produce dramatic reductions in pain and compelling hallucinations in all sensory modalities. The ability to respond to these suggestions is known to be a very stable trait. Less well known is the fact that people who are able to respond to them are able to do so even when hypnosis is not induced. The effect of the hypnotic induction is real, but relatively small. The effects of suggestion, whether in or out of hypnosis, can be very large. Indeed, the apparent effects of antidepressant drugs seem to due to suggestion, rather than the chemical composition of the drug.

Welcome to  IB Psychology!

Pr Philip Zimbardo at Lund University 2009

Check out http://www.zimbardo.com/ for more information and research (for example Prison Experiment and the Shyness Clinic)

On the page below you can find information about psychological seminars at Lund University that we might attend to together as a class or that you are happy to visit yourself:

Most of the open seminars (lectures) are in English by Professors coming from various parts of the world (such as the one with Pr Philip Zimbardo!)



Want to know more about the IB and/or the diploma program?

Check out IB’s website for more information.


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