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Psychology Review

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

This magazine, pitched at A-level Psychology students, has a long and venerable history of supplying good-quality articles and support materials designed to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of both psychology and the requirements of the A-level exam.

The publishers, Hodder Education, have started to develop a strong web presence for the print magazine, part of which involves offering some nice freebies related to each issue’s content, which you can check-out here:

Sample Magazine allows you to browse a sample of Psychology review’s articles online. 

Free Resources include activities, supplementary notes, posters, podcasts and short video clips.

Experimental Research Methods DVD

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Our latest Psychology DVD brings together 4 short films designed to clarify and consolidate the meaning of experimental methods by looking at the different ways psychologists carry out and design experiments and evaluate their comparative strengths and limitations. Illustrative case studies are used throughout for application and advice is given on key points of revision and exam technique.

  1. Laboratory Experiments (5 minutes 45 seconds). In the context of three major studies (Bandura, Maguire, the Stroop Effect) the film covers key:
  • definitions (aim, method and environment)
  • concepts (such as dependent and independent variables)
  • evaluations (identifying their strengths and weaknesses)
  1. Field Experiments (7 minutes 5 seconds). Uses a range of classic studies to take you through the key ideas and skills required to produce an excellent exam answer in terms of:
  • knowledge: the experimental method, field and natural experiments
  • applications: Hofling, Piliavin, Fisher and Geiselman
  • evaluation: the uses and limitations of field experiments
  1. Natural Experiments (7 minutes 10 seconds). Uses Costello et al’s Great Smokey Mountains study (Relationships Between Poverty and Psychopathology) as the basis for:
  • illustrating the unique features of natural experiments
  • showing how natural experiments differ from other types of experiment
  • identifying the strengths and weaknesses of this research method
  1. Experimental Design (8 minutes 45 seconds). Uses a real world example (the relationship between learning and time of day) to explore 3 different types of experimental design:
  • Repeated Measures
  • Independent Measures
  • Matched Pairs

The film explores their respective strengths and weaknesses as each design is applied to the learning example.

Length: 29 minutes | Price: £17.50 | Order online / offline