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IB Psych S2/H2: Simple Experimental Study

Psychology 12 students opened their senior year with a simple experimental study, an internal assessment for IB Psychology.

SL and HL students grouped themselves accordingly and conducted separate experiments, with our high school students serving as participants.  Before proceeding with this quarter-long activity, proposals were presented to me and Mr. Jourdan Gan, our IB Coordinator and a fellow IB Psych teacher, to ensure that all participants will not be subjected to any unethical practice and that the researchers are on track.


HL presentation of Nikka, Pam, and Nandika doing a Glanzer and Cunitz, 1966


SL group of Ben and John doing a Loftus and Palmer, 1974

Both focused on Cognitive Psychology, the SL group worked on the reconstruction of automobile destruction while the HL group worked on recency effect in free recall.


HL students conducting an experiment on serial position effect


“Researchers” in action.

For the SL experimental study, a speed racing video  was used to apply the theory of reconstructive memory.

Now working on the finishing touches of their write-up, these students are ready to move to the Options chapter of the curriculum, starting off with Abnormal Psychology in the second quarter.



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World War II in the Golden Age of Radio

The Golden Age of Radio, also known as the Old-Time Radio Era, began in the early 1920s and lasted until the 1950s. It was called such because the radio was the dominant entertainment medium in people’s homes.

Radio reached its peak popularity in the 1930s and 1940s—this period included The Great Depression and the Second World War. Radio and its wide range of comedy, variety shows, dramatic programming and live music served as a welcome escape from these troubled times.

Radio also actively covered news, and it did very well at it. It did especially well at covering World War 2.

 For the first time, families listening in heard wartime news in real time. On September 3, 1939, radio listeners heard Britain and France declare war on Germany and speeches by the UK Prime Minister and U.S. President Roosevelt as they happened. 

The war also influenced radio entertainment broadcasts, becoming a topic in radio serials and soap operas, often with racially charged caricatures of the Axis powers playing the villains. 

In this light, the Grade 10 class came up with their own radio broadcasts and radio plays, inspired by World War 2.