OCR Core Studies H167 Exam Revision

AS Level OCR Psychology H167 Core Studies

Here you will find all the revision materials you need for OCR AS Psychology H167.

Understanding the categories of each study is vital to succeeding in your OCR AS Psychology exam: Psychological themes in the core study. In the AS H167 exam, there are 10 studies, divided into five areas, with a classic and contemporary study in each area. Each individual area has a theme, and it is vital to your success in this exam that you learn each study and its area and corresponding theme.

Use this page as a hub for your revision.

The H167 exam has 75 marks and lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. This exam contributes to 50% of your AS Psychology grade. The AS exam consists of 3 sections:

  • Section A – Mainly knowledge about the core studies
  • Section B – Areas perspectives and debates
  • Section C – Areas perspectives and debates

Section C is the most challenging part of the exam. I recommend writing the H167 exam in reverse. Start with Section C, then Section B and then Section A.

Psychological Themes in the Core Studies:

Social Psychology – Responses to people in authority

Classic Study: Milgram (1963) –  Obedience to Authority 

Contemporary Study: Bocchiaro et al., (2012) –  Disobedience and whistle-blowing

Cognitive Psychology – Memory

Classic Study: Loftus and Palmer (1974) – Eyewitness Testimony

Contemporary Study: Grant et al (1998) – Context-dependent memory

Biological Psychology – Regions in the Brain

Classic Study: Sperry (1968) – Split brain study

Contemporary Study: Casey et al (2011) – Neural correlates of delay of gratification

Developmental Psychology – External Influences on Children’s Behaviour

Classic Study: Bandura et al (1961) – Theme: Transmission of aggression

Contemporary Study: Chaney et al (2004) – Theme: Funhaler Study

Individual Differences – Understanding Disorders

Classic Study: Freud (1909) –  Little Hans

Contemporary Study: Baron-Cohen et al (1997) – Autism in adults


Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. The Journal of abnormal and social psychology, 67(4),

Bocchiaro, P., Zimbardo, P. G., & Van Lange, P. A. (2012). To defy or not to defy: An experimental study of the dynamics of disobedience and whistle-blowing. Social Influence,7(1), 35-50.

Loftus, E. F., & Palmer, J. C. (1974). Reconstruction of automobile destruction: An example of the interaction between language and memory.Journal of verbal learning and verbal behavior, 13(5), 585-589.

Grant, H. M., Bredahl, L. C., Clay, J., Ferrie, J., Groves, J. E., McDorman, T. A., & Dark, V. J. (1998). Context-dependent memory for meaningful material: Information for students. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 12(6), 617-623.

Sperry, R. W. (1968). Hemisphere deconnection and unity in conscious awareness.American Psychologist, 23(10), 723.

Casey, B. J., Somerville, L. H., Gotlib, I. H., Ayduk, O., Franklin, N. T., Askren, M. K., … & Glover, G. (2011). Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(36), 14998-1

Bandura, A., Ross, D., & Ross, S. A. (1961). Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models. Educational Psychology in context. Readings for future teachers. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oakes, 57-66.

Freud, S. (1909) Analysis of a phobia of a five-year old boy. The Pelican Library, Vol. 8, Case Histories, p. 169-306

Baron‐Cohen, S., Jolliffe, T., Mortimore, C., & Robertson, M. (1997). Another advanced test of theory of mind: Evidence from very high functioning adults with autism or Asperger syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38(7), 813-822.

Further Reading

Autism and Asperger Syndrome (The Facts)

Zero Degrees of Empathy

Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind: Essay on Autism and the Theory of Mind (Learning, Development and Conceptual Change)

Case Histories I: ‘Dora’ and ‘Little Hans’ (The Penguin Freud Library, Vol. 8)

Social Learning Theory (Prentice-Hall Series in Social Learning)

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How To Master It

Beyond a World Divided: Human Values in the Brain-mind Science of Roger Sperry

Eyewitness Testimony

The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View

Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments

The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil

Psych Yogi’s Top Ten Psychology Revision Tips for the A* Student

AS Level OCR Psychology H167 Core Studies
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Revision materials for H167 Core Studies OCR Psychology exam. Chaney et al (2004), Freud (1909), Grant et al., (2012)

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