IB psychology examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on behaviour, thereby adopting an integrative approach. Understanding how psychological knowledge is generated, developed and applied enables students to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and appreciate the diversity of human behaviour. The ethical concerns raised by the methodology and application of psychological research are key considerations in IB psychology.
(Psychology guide. 2009, p. 4)
All students study the three aspects of behaviour, mentioned above, together with a research method course.
Students plan, conduct and report a psychological experiment
HL student study two options, of their choice out of five, while SL students do one. HL students also have a qualitative research method course doing observational studies, interviews and questionnaires, among other things.