General Certificate of Education                             January 2010                             Advanced Level Exami...
2                                       Answer three questions.  Where appropriate, refer to theories and/or studies, appr...
3                                      EATING BEHAVIOUR                                                                   ...
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PSYA3 Jan 2010

  1. 1. General Certificate of Education January 2010 Advanced Level ExaminationPsychology PSYA3(Specification A)Unit 3 Topics in PsychologyFriday 29 January 2010 9.00 am to 10.30 am For this paper you must have: a 12-page answer book.Time allowed 1 hour 30 minutesInstructions Use black ink or black ball-point pen. Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA. The Paper Reference is PSYA3. Answer three questions in total. Where appropriate, refer to theories and/or studies, approaches, issues and debates in your answer. Do all rough work in the answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.Information The marks for questions are shown in brackets. The maximum mark for this paper is 75. You should answer all questions in continuous prose. You will be marked on your ability to: – use good English – organise information clearly – use specialist vocabulary where appropriate.G/K51750/Jan10/PSYA3 6/6 PSYA3
  2. 2. 2 Answer three questions. Where appropriate, refer to theories and/or studies, approaches, issues and debates in your answer. BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS AND SLEEP Total for this question: 25 marks 1 (a) Outline one example of a circadian rhythm. (4 marks) (b) (i) Outline one or more explanations for sleep disorders (eg insomnia, sleep walking, narcolepsy). (5 marks) (ii) Evaluate one or more explanations for sleep disorders. (16 marks) PERCEPTION Total for this question: 25 marks 2 Discuss the nature-nurture debate in relation to explanations of perceptual development. (25 marks) RELATIONSHIPS Total for this question: 25 marks 3 ‘To put it at its most basic, women want resources and men want to spread their genes.’ Discuss the evolutionary approach to explaining parental investment in humans (eg sex differences, parent-offspring conflict). (25 marks) AGGRESSION Total for this question: 25 marks 4 Discuss explanations of institutional aggression. (25 marks)G/K51750/Jan10/PSYA3
  3. 3. 3 EATING BEHAVIOUR Total for this question: 25 marks 5 ‘Dieting often fails because people are trying to go against their biological drive to eat.’ Discuss explanations for the success and/or failure of dieting. (25 marks) GENDER Total for this question: 25 marks 6 (a) Outline psychological and biological explanations of gender development. (9 marks) (b) Consider whether psychological or biological approaches provide the better explanation of gender development. (16 marks) INTELLIGENCE AND LEARNING Total for this question: 25 marks 7 ‘We now realise that animal behaviour can be too complex to be explained through simple conditioning.’ Discuss evidence for intelligence in non-human animals. (25 marks) COGNITION AND DEVELOPMENT Total for this question: 25 marks 8 (a) Describe one theory of cognitive development. (9 marks) (b) Consider ways in which research into cognitive development has been applied to education. (16 marks) END OF QUESTIONSG/K51750/Jan10/PSYA3
  4. 4. 4 There are no questions printed on this pageCopyright © 2010 AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved.G/K51750/Jan10/PSYA3

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