Experience has taught us that not all experiments are suitable to be replicated for the IB Diploma Psychology IA. However, any of the ones below can be modified to suit.
The hyperlinks below are all of the original experiments, which saves you a lot of time. The original studies can be hard to read, so focus on the abstract, the introduction, the results and the discussion. You can also look for secondary material regarding your chosen study, in your text, in the list of references at the end of the original study or on one of the following sites:
LIST OF SUITABLE STUDIES WITH LINKS TO ORIGINALS
Bransford, J.D. & Johnson, M. K. (1972). Contextual prerequisites for understanding: Some investigations of comprehension and recall. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 11, 717-726
Loftus, E.C. & Palmer, J. (1974). Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction: An Example of the Interaction between Language and Memory. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behaviour, 13, 585-589
Nisbett, R.E. & Wilson, T.D. (1977). The Halo Effect. Evidence for Unconscious Alteration of Judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35 (4), 250-256 (Note: student must use Likert-type scale to generate ordinal data).
Peterson, L.R. & Peterson, M.J. (1959) Short-term retention of individual verbal items.
Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 193-198
Rashidi, N. (2011). The Effect of Classical Music on the Reading
Comprehension of Iranian Students. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 74-82, January 2011
Stroop, J. Ridley. (1935). Studies of interference in serial verbal reactions. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 18, 643-662
Triplett, Norman. (1898). The dynamogenic factors in pacemaking and competition. American Journal of Psychology, 9, 507-533. (Use jigsaw puzzles).
Tversky, A. & Kahneman, D. (1974). Judgment under uncertainty: heuristics and biases.
Science, 185 (4159), 1124-1131
Please contact your teacher if you have any questions about your IA study.
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