Up Learn – A Level Psychology (AQA) – approaches to psychology (Ao3)
Limitation of Social Learning Theory: Can’t Observe Mediational Processes
A limitation of social learning theory is that we can’t use the scientific method to study mediational processes. This is because these mediational processes aren’t directly observable, and unlike the cognitive approach, social learning theory doesn’t offer any other method of testing these processes scientifically. This all means that we can’t make any reliable predictions about observational learning!
Approaches to Psychology (AO3)
In the approaches section, we’ve now gone through the history of experimental psychology, which started with…
We’ve now gone through the history of experimental psychology, which started with Wilhelm Wundt.
And we’ve looked at all of the approaches to psychology which followed…
We’ve also looked at all of the approaches to psychology which followed Wundt.
First was the psychodynamic approach, followed by the behaviourist approach, then the cognitive approach.
Meanwhile, alongside the history of psychology, biologists were also studying human behaviour.
And now, one of the main approaches to psychology is called cognitive neuroscience, which is sort of a combination of the…
Now, one of the main approaches to psychology is called cognitive neuroscience, which is sort of a combination of the cognitive and biological approaches.
Finally, we’ve also looked at two other responses to the behaviourist approach: Albert Bandura’s social learning theory, and the humanistic approach to psychology.
Now, in Paper 2, you’ll also need to be able to evaluate and compare each of these approaches.
And so, in this section, we’re going to look at how to get those tasty evaluation marks for each approach.
But first, we need to look briefly at four different wayswe can compare the approaches.
And we’ll go through all four of these next, starting with free will vs determinism.