Paper 1: Social Influence

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Information below taken from AQA Specification. Page last updated 2017

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.

178Days 17Hrs 09Mins 47Secs

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
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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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