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A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 08:08 AM

So my school have made us start A2 early to give us more time. I have absolutely no idea what my Psychology teacher is talking about and spent the entire AS part teaching myself the syllabus.

We have to answer this question for tomorrow and I can't find anything. I've looked on the internet and had a browse through some books.

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The question is "How well does the Cognitive approach explain criminal behaviours?"


   
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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 08:12 AM

I don't do Pscyhology but have you tried getting a revision guide? I think my sister has one because she has just done A2 psych - try amazon


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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 08:13 AM

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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 08:26 AM

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Yeah that's a good idea, do you not get EMA though? My sister gets 30 a week which is how she affords all her text books, or she borrows off my mum


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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 08:34 AM

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Yeah that's a good idea, do you not get EMA though? My sister gets 30 a week which is how she affords all her text books, or she borrows off my mum
I'm saving for a holiday so I have money but it's unspendable money

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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 01:37 PM

Hey my schools doing the same. The cognitive approach is all about Operant Conditioning, Social Learning Theory and Classical Conditioning.
Social Learning is when you see a group do it and copy to fit in
Operant is when you see someone gain from an action. Like bullying you watch someone knock someone over and steal their phone. They get the phone e.g. a reward So according to that you'd do it to to reap the same rewards
Classical is learning through stimulus like Pavlov and Little Albert
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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 02:35 PM

The Student Room should help... also I think it's still running but on the student room there is a code you can use when buying Letts revision books to get 15% off all revision books -- helped me a lot!


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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 05:04 PM

I'm clueless on the English education system, but I might be some help on the psych question. Is it meant as an opinion question, because to me it seems more like that? I think you might be expected to express your opinion on it and then back it up with research/facts. Or I could just be completely wrong.


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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 24th 2010, 09:55 PM

S-cool might have some info, although it does only cater for some syllabuses. Getrevising is a good site, people upload their documents and things to it, although there's not stuff for everything. Other than that i'm doing AQA spec A and we're doing schizophrenia along with other abnormalities, and then research methods etc.

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Re: A2 Psychology Question. - June 26th 2010, 05:18 AM

I'm not entirely sure what is meant by "cognitive approach" because it includes many theories and some criminological theories are based upon cognitive psychology. Another thing is "criminal behaviours" varies a lot but the only way the answer seems to make sense is if the mens rea is present, which means not all criminal behaviours will be accounted for.

If you give more specific information on the terms and what you're doing in the course, then I can give more specific answers. Until then, I wrote a little bit that may help.

I suppose the simplest and most accurate would be social learning, and it would explain quite a lot of the criminal behaviours through watching others do those crimes, see any benefits they gain, then you perform the behaviours. Often, if the criminals are of lower social status they may congregate together more and according to status frustration theory, lower status individuals don't meet the standards for middle to higher class individuals, so they form their own sub-culture as an antithesis. In doing so, the more they see others achieve whatever goals through illegal ways, the more likely they are to also do so.

A problem though is when there are few people around to look at or if people one socializes with are prosocial yet one commits a crime, the social learning view of cogntive psychology fails at explaining it. It also fails explaining any criminal behaviours done by someone who is intoxicated or suffering a mental illness that impedes their proper functioning.
   
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