A set of 21 short commentaries on a range of psychological studies by an ex-A-level Examiner.
I previously posted Tom Butler-Bowdon’s 50 Classic Studies in Psychology in which he provided a student-friendly commentary on said classic studies to save you the time and trouble of actually having to read the originals.
So why, you might well ask, do you need this collection of student-friendly commentaries on Classic Studies in Psychology by Stephen Williams?
I’m glad you asked because there are a few reasons why you might want to add this collection to your…err…collection, the first being that it’s been put together by an ex-A-level Examiner, so you know the standard is going to be squarely on the money for this (pre-University) level.
The second is that it’s slap-bang-up-to-date (2023) and the third is that the Creative Commons logo means you’re not only free to copy / reproduce the document as many times as you like, you can also adapt the text to whatever your immediate teaching / learning needs may be.
And there’s more.
The 21 (count ‘em) studies are spread across 7 course areas:
- About Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Issues
- Age (Developmental Psychology)
- Differences between people (Abnormal Psychology)
- Social Psychology
Each of these contains commentaries on three studies – from researchers as diverse as Milgram, Zimbardo, Rosenhan and Levinson – and there are exam-type questions to answer at the end of each section if you need them.
Who doesn’t need a free set of “exam-type” questions?
And in the unlikely event you want to consult the original study, a full reference is provided.
Which means they don’t take a lot of time to read.
Unless you like to read through stuff really slowly.
Although the presentation leaves a lot to be desired – it’s basically a Word text document that I’ve converted to pdf – the content is something all A-level psychology students should find useful. Not the least because, as the author notes, “These notes should give you a head start” in A-level Psychology examinations.
Which is something we can all probably agree is a Good Thing.