By Dan

downloadable pdf documents and powerpoints

In each Unit, there is a series of Methodology items which appear as the “How Science Works” questions in exams. These appear as M1, M2, M3 and so on in the Methodology section at the bottom of the page…

Please note that this site should not be used as your sole revision guide, because certain bits of the course that have been left out here may be studied as part of your course, and similarly, there may be bits here which you do not need to learn

Module 1: Social and cognitive psychology [6PS01]

Unit 1 – The Social Approach
1.1 Obedience Download PDF

1.2 Milgram’s Study of Obedience (1963) – Download PDF

1.3 Evaluation of Milgram’s Study of Obedience – Download PDF

1.4 Variations of the Milgram Experiment – Download PDF

1.5 Meeus and Raaijmakers (1986) – Download PDF

1.6 Agency Theory – Download PDF

1.7 Hofling et al. (1966) – Download PDF

Questions: 1.1-1.7 – Download PDF

1.8 Social Identity Theory as an Explanation of Prejudice – Download PDF

1.9 Tajfel et al. (1970, 1971) – Download PDF

1.10 Sherif et al. (1954) – Download PDF

1.11 Reicher and Haslam (2006) – Download PDF

1.12 Asch (1951, 1952, 1956) – Download PDF

Questions: 1.8 – 1.12 – Download PDF

Unit 1 Key Issues – Download PDF

Unit 1 Brief Revision Notes – Download PDF

Download all in one – Download PDF

Unit 2 – The Cognitive Approach
2.1 Cognitive Psychology – Download PDF

2.2 The Computer Analogy – Download PDF

2.3 The Multi-Store Model of Memory – Download PDF

2.4 Levels of Processing Framework – Download PDF

2.5 Craik and Tulving (1975) – Download PDF

2.6 Working Memory Model – Download PDF

2.7 Reconstructive Memory – Download PDF

Questions: 2.1 – 2.7 – Download PDF

2.8 Cue-Dependent Theory of Forgetting – Download PDF

2.9 Godden and Baddeley (1975) – Download PDF

2.10 Displacement Theory of Forgetting – Download PDF

Questions: 2.8 – 2.10 – Download PDF

Unit 2 Key Issues – Download PDF

Unit 2 Brief Revision Notes – Download PDF

Download all in one – Download PDF

Note: This site does not cover the entire unit of Cognitive Psychology. The site covers three of the four models of memory, and two of the four theories of forgetting. If your school’s course has opted to do either The Spreading-Activation Theory of Semantic Processing, Interference Theory of Forgetting, or Trace-Decay Theory of Forgetting, seek those notes elsewhere (similarly, only two of the four key studies for the unit are shown here, the other two relate to two of the content missed out above)

Module 2: Understanding the individual [6PS02]

Unit 3 – The Psychodynamic Approach
3.1 An Introduction to Freud – Download PDF

3.2 Freud’s Psychosexual Theory – Download PDF

3.3 Psychosexual Development – Download PDF

3.4 Freud’s Case Study of Little Hans (1909) – Download PDF

3.5 Axline’s Case Study of Dibs (1964) – Download PDF

Unit 3 Key Issues –

Unit 4 – The Biological Approach

4.1 The Central Nervous System – Download PDF / Download Worksheet

4.2 Genetics and Inheritance – Download PDF

4.3 The Nature-Nurture Debate – Download PDF

4.4 Biology as an Explanation for Gender Development – Download PDF

4.5 Money (1975) – Download PDF

4.6 De Bellis et al. (2001) – Download PDF

Unit 4 Key Issues – Download PDF

Unit 5 – The Learning Approach

5.1 Classical Conditioning – Download PDF / Download Worksheet

5.2 Operant Conditioning – Download PDF

5.3 Treatments for Conditioning – Download PDF

5.4 Social Learning Theory – Download PDF

5.5 Learning as an Explanation for Gender Development – Download PDF

5.6 Bandura, Ross and Ross (1961) – Download PDF

5.7 Watson and Rayner (1920) – Download PDF

Unit 5 Key Issues – Download PDF


Unit 1: The Social Approach
M1 Questionnaires – Download PDF

M2 Interviews – Download PDF

M3 Sampling Methods – Download PDF

Unit 2: The Cognitive Approach
M4 Scientific Testing – Download PDF

M5 Experimental Design – Download PDF

Unit 3: The Psychodynamic Approach
M6 Case Studies – Download PDF

M7 The Case Study as Used in the Psychodynamic Approach – Download PDF

M8 Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Studies – Download PDF

M9 Inferential Statistics: Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient – Download PDF

Unit 4: The Biological Approach
M10 Scanning Techniques as Research Methods – Download PDF

M11 Twin and Adoption Studies – Download PDF

M12 Animal Studies – Download PDF

M13 Inferential Statistics: Mann-Whitney U Test – Download PDF

Unit 5: The Learning Approach
M14 Observations – Download PDF

M15 Inferential Statistics: Chi-Squared Test – Download PDF

Methodology: download all in one Download PDF

Other useful PDFs:
How to Evaluate a Psychological Study – Download PDF

Criteria for an Ethical Study – Download PDF

Please note: Significant contribution of these notes may come from other sources. Credit for some notes remains with copyright holders, namely Christine Brain. Copyright of some diagrams remains with their original creators.

62 Responses to “Downloads”

  1. 1 Anisah
    October 27, 2010 at 14:47

    Heyya Daniel,
    Just a quick question really, which examing board did you use for your A.S Psychology? oh yeh..and ermmm..depending on which examing board and sixth form/college you study at does it vary on what you learn??? i’m still doing my GCSE’s but the sixth form that i want to attend to next year, well i checked their website and i read a bit about what we will be learning in AS Psychology and it’s quite different from your notes above ^ ^

    Thanks for all the notes they are absolutely fab !!!!!!!

    • October 27, 2010 at 21:56

      Hi Anisah! Thanks for the comment. The exam board I studied, and therefore which these notes concern, is Edexcel. It may well be the case that the place you want to study also offers Edexcel Psychology, but my notes may still differ in content slightly, because the great thing about the course is that it is so flexible. Each unit you get to choose which psychological studies, key issues, debates and practicals you get to study, and so I have only done notes for those which I chose to study. So if you choose any similar topics, you can of course use my notes, otherwise, unfortunately since I cannot possible cover the notes for all the content that I didn’t even study, the notes won’t be on the site :(
      However, I hope if you do choose to do Psychology these notes will still help you in some areas :D

      • 3 Anisah
        November 26, 2010 at 19:13

        Hello Daniel, thank you for that! :D
        Psychology seems so interesting, i can’t wait to study it!
        Unfortunately the examining board of the sixth form is AQA ans wey’re studying specification A.
        But i’m sure that your notes will be of much help as its probably pretty similar.
        Oh and i’ve just noticed that you got back to me so quick before, thanks for replying so quick, and thank you for all the hard work you have put into these notes and for sharing them….YOUR A LIFE SAVER!!!!!!!! :D
        take care

  2. 4 yehali
    December 23, 2010 at 04:59

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  4. 7 Ryan David Ian Houston
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  5. 8 M.P
    March 18, 2011 at 10:16

    hiya, just want to ask a quick question, the notes are really good for revision and most of them are really helpful but, what is your background in psychology how would i research who you are, the lecturer i have for as psychology has asked me to ensure that you are a reliable site user, now i am not questioning the work you have written but my teacher was just a little worried as your layout is very different to most revision site users.
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  6. 9 april
    April 15, 2011 at 14:52

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    I was wondering whether all this information is enough to get an A for Module two?

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  7. 10 Hiral Patel
    May 2, 2011 at 10:18

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  8. 11 Sandra
    May 26, 2011 at 11:48

    Hi, Can you advise on the downloadadble pdf for the unit 3 key issues as there is no link.


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  12. 15 Ricky
    October 15, 2011 at 17:38

    Can you please tell me where you get the design for the headings in your notes? (Where it says the number then the heading e.g. 1.1 Psychology).

    I want to make notes as neat as yours and I really want to know where you get the layout from.


  13. 16 George
    November 4, 2011 at 11:57

    I’ve just discovered this website, and it’s really, really good! Annoyingly, I’ve just completed my AS in Psychology but I am re-sitting the Social and Cognitive Exam so will definitely use the resources on this website to revise! Thanks for sharing your notes, they will be of great help!

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    November 30, 2011 at 20:39

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  15. 18 Suleiman
    January 20, 2012 at 18:48

    Hello, thanks for the nice and short notes. but my query though is it being a late January, do you think it’s safe to enrol for the psychology class. is it kinda late… would be obliged to get a reply from anyone who has done Edexcel psychology to be able to give me an insight of psychology *u know whether it’s hard or not stuff*. so maybe i can be able to make a choice of continuing with the course.

  16. 19 KR
    March 26, 2012 at 17:22

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  17. 20 kash
    April 17, 2012 at 16:27

    some questions in the exam require giving alternate method of performing the research….do you have notes concerning it

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  20. 23 Shanikwa
    May 25, 2012 at 10:58

    Hey, love the notes! would be a little more convenient if we could download all the info for each unit in module 2 together, the way it is for unit 1 and 2.

    otherwise thanks a ton! been a great help!

  21. 24 S.Z.Batool
    November 12, 2012 at 10:57

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  22. 25 hamida
    November 12, 2012 at 12:36

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  23. December 16, 2012 at 15:40

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  25. 28 Heather
    January 8, 2013 at 10:27

    for module 2 – is there a download an all-in-one option? for the module 1 i found that most helpful and is it possible that there is one for module 2?
    thanks for the notes though! they’re brilliant :)

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  32. 35 Simon
    April 26, 2013 at 16:25

    For the learning approach did you do anything on therapies like aversion or token economy?

  33. 37 Abs
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  36. November 20, 2013 at 20:30

    hi, im trying to find revision notes for as aqa physchology, but theres a lot missing from the above list. i did read somewhere that you will upload more at the end o the year. is that as in december or june? i really need some revision notes, and i cant find any online. its also unlikely i’ll be coming back to this page as id probably forget

  37. 41 Zoey Garcia
    November 28, 2013 at 12:13

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  38. 43 iamjakins
    January 21, 2014 at 11:11

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  39. 44 Rhia
    March 18, 2014 at 18:40

    Where are the unit 3 key issues pdf?

  40. 45 k
    March 20, 2014 at 13:40

    is there a possibility that you could include the key issue for the psycho-dynamic approach and maybe do a summary of notes like you did for unit 2?

  41. 46 Emma Collins
    April 9, 2014 at 15:38

    Hi, I would just like to say that this website and the notes are amazing. I am wondering whether you could put up an essay for me. My friends last year got a 12 mark Q on their exam. It was explain and evaluate qualitative and quantative data because I think that I will get it for the Unit 2 mock and I have no idea on how to answer it. Please help me. I would really appreciate it. Thank you

  42. 47 Rhia
    May 3, 2014 at 11:17

    is it possible to put an example of a practical from each approach? :)

  43. 48 Regina
    May 26, 2014 at 19:06

    Thank you so much for this! I’m actually doing GCSE AQA Psychology but most of this is exactly what we’ve done so thanks for your notes! Really helps with revision

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  54. 61 Marnie Barton
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    There is no download PDF for the psychodynamic key issue and that is the one i came on here to look for?

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