Unit Three Essays

Psychology A2 Essays Autumn 2010


a)    Outline 2 social-psychological theories of aggression (e.g. Social Learning Theory, Deindividuation), Relative Deprivation or Cue Arousal Theory) (10)

b)    Evaluate one of the theories you have outline in part a). (15)

Discuss research into the effects of institutional determinants upon aggressive behaviour. (25 Marks)

Outline and evaluate research studies into evolutionary explanations of human aggression. (25 Marks)

Outline and evaluate psychological research relating to group displays of aggression in humans. (25 Marks)

Critically discuss psychological research and studies attributing aggression to biological determinants. (25 Marks)


a)    Outline 2 or more theories of the formation and/or maintenance of relationships (e.g. reward/needs satisfaction, social exchange theory) (10 Marks)

b)    Evaluate one of these theories you have outlined in part a) above. (15)

Critically consider 2 or more psychological explanations relating to relationship breakdown. (25 Marks)

Discuss the nature of relationships in different cultures, referring to research studies in your answer. (25 Marks)

“Early attachment experience is a significant factor in determining adult relationship experiences.” How for does psychological evidence and research support this view? (25 Marks)

Discuss the role of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers in biological rhythms. (25 marks)

Describe and evaluate psychological research into sleep disorders (e.g insomnia, apnoea, narcolepsy) (25 Marks)

Discuss psychological research into the disruption of biological rhythms (e.g jet lag and shift work) (25 marks)

a)    Outline two psychological theories of the functions of sleep. (10)

b)    Critically valuate one of these theories (15)

Discuss psychological research into life span changes in sleep. (25 marks)

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