These instructions cover the student activity section which can be found on page 5. This lesson element supports the teaching and learning of Component 2 for OCR AS and A Level Psychology.
When distributing the activity section to the students either as a printed copy or as a Word file you will need to remove the teacher instructions section.
The aim of this lesson element is to provide a structured activity that will enable students to summarise the comparison points between Loftus and Palmer’s research and Grant’s research.
Students should be able to:
• Identify how the two studies are similar.
• Identify how the two studies are different.
Both pieces of research within the topic of memory go beyond the analogy that the ‘mind is like a computer’ as they believe that there are further variables that influence how memory recall occurs. Loftus and Palmer believe that memory is influenced by post-event information which has an effect on the memory recalled whereas Grant et al believe that memory recall is affected by the context in which information is encoded. Both pieces of research demonstrate that the accuracy of memory recall can potentially be improved with further understanding of what contributes to the process of memory recall.
The following tasks are designed to support students’ exploration of the similarities and differences between these two pieces of research. The following resources can be implemented within a flipped lesson or used within a classroom lesson.