Study Rocket: A-Level Psychology Revision Resource

Study Rocket seems to have begun life as a revision web site for a range of subjects, one of which was – and still is to a large extent – AQA Psychology A-level. I say “was” for a couple of reasons: Firstly, because the site now advertises the fact “we’ve decided to make all of […]

Psychology Transition Materials

As with their sociological peers, Psychology teachers have also been busy producing a wide range of materials designed, in the main, to ease the transition between GCSE and A-level and this means there’s plenty of resources freely available to either use “as is” or, more-likely perhaps, to inspire the creation of your own transition resources. […]

Of Mice and Monkeys: Ethical Issues in Animal Research

Over the course of the last century, psychological research has become increasingly governed by a strict code of ethics that cover things like obtaining participants’ consent, protecting them from possible harm and allowing them to withdraw from the research at any time and for whatever reason. But there’s also a class of “research participant” who […]

Psychology: Teacher Guides

The third – and final – OCR A-level Psychology offering complements the two previous posts on Lesson Elements and Delivery Guides in the shape of a set of Teaching Guides designed to help teachers (yes, really) get to grips with essential course information. While the majority of Guides focus on providing detailed overviews of key […]

Teaching Techniques: Pre-Questioning

“Asking questions” of students is pretty-much a staple of any teacher’s toolkit, which is fair enough, because as Jarrett (2107) notes: “The “testing effect” is well-established in psychology: this is the finding that answering questions about what you’ve learned leads to better retention than simply studying the material for longer. Testing is beneficial because the […]

Lancaster Lockdown Psychology Seminar Series

Lancaster University, a place where, coincidentally, I spent 3 years of my life studying, have announced a series of “interactive live talks from experts in the Department of Psychology” that are open to anyone. All you need is the Microsoft Teams app or you can view – and interact if you want – using a […]

Discovering Psychology

Discovering Psychology was “A video instructional series on introductory psychology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners” consisting of 26 30-minute TV programs narrated by Philip Zimbardo and produced in association with the American Psychological Association. The programs were originally aired in 1990 and a set of “updated resources” to accompany the programs […]

Psychology: Aspects of Sleep

Four short teaching films, now available On Demand, covering different aspects of sleep research: 1. Why Do We Sleep? [4.20] We’ll spend about a third of our lives asleep. But why?  Why do we need to sleep? Filmed at a University Sleep Laboratory, this short film demonstrates the effect of lack of sleep and why […]

Make A Pitch: selling sociological sausages

In response to the silent clamour (that only I could hear apparently) for something a little more substantial and pdfeffy, I’ve created a short booklet based around the “Selling Sociological Sausages” Lesson Outline I’ve previously posted. It’s basically a pdf version of the post, although it both clarifies the different versions and changes a few […]

Lend Your Mind To Science

Testable Minds seems to be an off-shoot of Testable – a web site that provides a relatively simple way to create behavioural experiments and surveys (there’s a free option if you want to give it a try. Alternatively, if you’re merely curious about what the site can do there are a few examples to explore, […]