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We’re very excited to announce that, after careful deliberation, Cara and Mike have chosen the cat that will appear on the front cover of the latest title in the Complete Companions for AQA A series, Psychology AS: The Revision Companion. The response to our competition was fantastic, and even choosing the shortlist was a big challenge.

So, a big thank you to all the cats who allowed their owners to photograph them and put them forward for the competition. We’ve loved seeing them all! Before we reveal the winner, it only feels right to devote a blog post to the very worthy runners up.

In no particular order, here’s a selection of the cats who’ve been brightening up the walls at OUP HQ:


Binky Bouquet, owned by Kim Higgins of Wyke College


Tango, owned by Jo Haycock of Newport High School


Monty, owned by Sophia Afsar of Berkhamsted School


Houdini, owned by Sarah Jane Paterson of The Boswells School


Hector, owned by Ellie Barnard of The John Henry Newman Catholic School


Whitey, owned by Rosie Ball of Ashford School

9780198304272 with keylineA quick reminder that we’re still accepting entries for our cover cat competition, so keep them coming in! The closing date is 20 September 2013. For all the details on how to nominate your cat, please visit www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/covercat.

If your cat wins, he or she will star on the cover of the newest Complete Companion, Psychology AS: The Revision Companion. This new write-in resource will combine the essential information students need to know with unrivalled exam skills support, in one unique companion. Find out more here. To reserve your inspection copy now, please email fiona.mccollum@oup.com.

On page 35 of the AS  Complete Companion the text concerns the influence of age on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. A study by Yarmey is discussed under the heading ‘Age differences in accuracy’. The second sentence says that there were no significant differences in the accuracy of recall – but this is wrong. The final sentence should read:
Young (18-29) and middle- aged (30-44) adults were more confident in their recall than the older (45-65) adults. There were also  significant differences in the accuracy of recall – the oldest group were inferior to the other two groups in terms of accuracy of recall.
This also affects the summary on page 41 which should now say ‘Younger Ps more confident and also more accurate in recall than older adults (Yarmey).’
AS Mini-Companion on page 19, should now say ‘Yarmey found that older adults (age 45-65) were less confident in recall of a confederate and also less accurate than younger adults.’
AS Exam Companion on page 31, should now say in Romeo’s answer to question 6 ‘…I would tell them that older witnesses tend to lack confidence in the accuracy of their recall compared to younger witnesses and are also less accurate (Yarmey, 1993).’

Your cat hereWork has started on the next title in the Complete Companions for AQA A series, Psychology AS: The Revision Companion.

While Mike and Cara are writing away, the team at Oxford have started work on the cover. There’s just one thing missing… a cat!

We’re searching for a pet with enough charisma to take pride of place on the front of our new book. To nominate your moggy, simply send us a snapshot and a short biography or description of their personality (no more than 30 words) by 20 September 2013. The winning cat will be chosen by Mike and Cara and professionally photographed at their (the cat’s!) home.

You can enter via email (fiona.mccollum@oup.com), in person at the Oxford University Press stand at this year’s ATP conference at Keele University, or by post. For all the details and competition rules, please visit Oxford’s website.

We will be displaying a selection of entries on our stand at the ATP, so make sure you come along and check out the competition! We’ll also be able to tell you more about the book itself, so please do come and say hello.

Family interventionA few months ago there was an item on this blog about the comments on AQA A markschemes that stated that answers using psychoanalysis as a psychological therapy for schizophrenia would be unlikely to gain high marks. We do not believe this is a justifiable position. However, regardless of whether the board is right or wrong in their position, we plan to update our textbook to include a different therapy – family intervention. We also are providing a copy of this insert free, click family intervention to download.

9780198393399_AS_Revision_Pack_3rd_Edition webThere are some great savings to be had on revision materials this year. The Complete Companions revision packs for Psychology AQA A, available for both AS and A2 are out now. Each pack contains both the Mini Companion and the Exam Companion, with all the essential knowledge and exam practice you need to succeed in exams, at a special saving on the cost of buying the books individually.9780198393405_A2_Revision_Pack_3rd_Edition web

What’s in the packs?

The Mini Companion reduces each spread from the Complete Companion textbook to a single page of no-frills, but essential, information needed for the exam.

The Exam Companion is the ultimate exam preparation resource, including practice questions, model answers and examiner commentaries.

What’s the saving?

The AS pack is priced at £16.00, offering a saving of £6.49 on the RRP of the individual books, while the A2 pack costs just £21.00, a saving of £5.49.

You can get hold of yours on Amazon (AS or A2) or by emailing fiona.mccollum@oup.com. Hurry though – the packs are limited editions and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The latest edition (3rd edition) of our A2 Complete Companion has an error on page 285. The two blue boxes under the heading ‘Truth’ are in the wrong order.Type 1 2 It should be H1 is correct (There is something going on) first and then H0 (There is nothing going on) second). The true positive occurs when the truth is that H1 is correct and H0 is rejected (H1 is accepted). This is correct on page 106 of The Research Methods Companion, which is shown on the right.

Thank you Lynne Erasmus for pointing this out.

A kind lady wrote in to tell us of the following typos in the 3rd edition of the A2 Mini Companion: : ‘behaviou’ page 32, ‘deindiviiduation’ page 33, ‘of of’ page 14.

Mind you – the email called it the ‘Mini Comparison’. Nice to know we all make mistakes ;)

At the ATP conference a teacher asked me whether AQA would set an exam question about the chi-squared test where a directional hypothesis had been used. The general view amongst statisticians is that you can only use a two-tailed test with chi-squared.

I put this question to AQA who responded ‘Students would not be required to write a directional hypothesis in the context of a chi-squared test’.

There is no need for students to know about this restriction – so don’t feel you have to tell them. However, if you do tell them be assured that they would not be faced with the dilemma in the exam of having a directional hypothesis which should therefore use a one-tailed test.

And on that note I should mention an error in the Research method book. On page 110 the text says ‘You can only use test a one-tailed (directional) hypothesis with a chi-squared test’. This is wrong for a number of reasons and should say ‘You can only perform a two-tailed test with chi-squared.’

Snapping at the heels of our AS cat Coco is Ellie, the now 8 year-old Irish Setter and cover model for our brand new third edition of:

Psychology A2 - Complete Companion for AQA A

which published today!

We are delighted with the result and feel confident that it will be an invaluable new resource to support students through their A2 AQA A Psychology course from this September. It is packed with refinements on the second edition, including updated evaluation and IDA content. Most importantly, it is bang up to date with the latest AQA A specification changes.

If you haven’t already ordered yours, please email claire.beatt@oup.com with your details