Sixth Form


As Psychology is a new subject for you, we would like you to complete a couple of tasks to help you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and to start thinking like a psychologist. We hope you find the tasks interesting, and look forward to discussing your responses with you in your first lesson back:

Task One

We would like you to read a book of your choice which will give you a feel for the subject. You will find many psychological books in your local library or the school library, however two suggestions are given below:

1. Incognito by David Eagleman

2. The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett

Please write a summary of no more than 250 words about your chosen book. Be prepared to discuss with your peers what you learnt, what surprised you and what you found interesting about your chosen book.

Task Two

Two topics that you will study are Research Methods and Attachment. To help you understand these topics please read the article below before answering the following questions:

  • Who is most likely to be convicted of theft?
  • Who did Bowlby study when investigating the causes of stealing in young people (i.e. what was his sample)?
  • What does the data in Table 1 tell us about the distribution of thieves by character type?
  • Draw a graph to depict the data in Table 1.
  • Summarise the data in Table 2 (put the results into words). What conclusions can be drawn from the data (i.e. what can we learn from this data)?
  • Define ‘affectionless character’.
  • What did Bowlby find was the key cause of stealing in young people?

Please email your responses to Mrs Brindley-Ewan ( by 1st September at the latest