Paper 1: Social Influence

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

What’s assessed? Compulsory content of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

How is it assessed? Written exam: 2 hours • 96 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level

What type of questions? multiple choice, short answer and extended writing maximum 16 marks, each section totalling 24 marks.

239Days 19Hrs 08Mins 59Secs

Students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 1 content.
  • apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Assessment Objectives (% of overall A Level)

  • AO1 = 11–14 %
  • AO2 = 6–9 %
  • AO3 = 12–14 %

4.1.1 Social Influence

  • Types of conformity: internalisation, identification and compliance. Explanations for
    conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence, and variables
    affecting conformity including group size, unanimity and task difficulty as investigated by
    Asch.
  • Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo.
  • Explanations for obedience: agentic state and legitimacy of authority, and situational
    variables affecting obedience including proximity and location, as investigated by Milgram,
    and uniform. Dispositional explanation for obedience: the Authoritarian Personality.
  • Explanations of resistance to social influence, including social support and locus of control.
  • Minority influence including reference to consistency, commitment and flexibility.
  • The role of social influence processes in social change.

Social Influence Lessons

AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 01: Film - Cuckoos Nest
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 02: Film - Cuckoos Nest
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 03: Intro to Definitions
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 04: Definitions AO1
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 05: Definitions AO3
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 06: Clinical Characteristics
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 07: AO1 Explain Phobias
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 08: AO3 Explain Phobias
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 09: AO1 Treat Phobias
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 10: AO3 Treat Phobias
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 11: AO1 Explain Depress'n
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 12: AO3 Explain Depress'n
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 13: AO1 Treat Depress'n
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 14: AO3 Treat Depress'n
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 15: AO1 Explain OCD
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 16: AO3 Explain OCD
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 17: AO1 Treat OCD
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 18: AO3 Treat OCD
AQA Psychology:
PSY1 Psychopathology

Lesson 19: Revision Time

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