IB Psychology

Themantic Education's resources for the new syllabus, by Travis Dixon.


In this unit we combine studying memory with abnormal psychology. This could be an SL and/or HL unit, depending on how you structure your course.


4.1 Models of Memory

How are memories made?

  • Multi-store Model of Memory (MSM)
  • Duration and Capacity
  • Biological Evidence of MSM
  • Working Memory Model (WMM)
  • The Central Executive
  • Biology and the WMM

4.2 Fear Conditioning

How can emotion affect our memory?

  • Fear Condition
  • The Amygdala and Fear Conditioning
  • The PFC and Fear Conditioning

4.3 The Brain and PTSD

What are the biological explanations for PTSD?

  • Hippocampus and Memory
  • Amygdala, Fear and Memory
  • Noradrenaline and Emotion
  • Causation v Correlation: Twin Studies

4.4 Society, Culture and PTSD

Why are some people more likely to develop PTSD?

  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Vietnam Veterans

4.5 Treatments

How can symptoms of PTSD be treated?

  • Drug Therapy
  • Virtual Reality Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Culture and Treatment
  • Assessing Treatments

4.6 Diagnosing PTSD

Can accurate diagnoses of PTSD be made?

  • Prevalence Rates of PTSD
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Classification Systems
  • What is a disorder?
  • Confirmation Bias (Rosenhan’s Study)
  • Ethical Considerations


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