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A Cinematic Journey Towards Understanding Psychological Concepts



In 11 ATAR Psychology, students are learning about COGNITIVE DISSONANCE and ATTRIBUTION THEORY.


Cognitive dissonance is when our beliefs about the world don’t match reality, and we feel unease about the situation. Attribution is when we attempt to attach meaning to our or another person’s behaviour by looking for causes to explain it.


These are really difficult concepts to understand for many people. To assist student learning, Dr. Arthur arranged for the students to go to the cinemas in Bunbury recently to watch the new ‘Barbie’ movie. This film was a great tool to help students understand both concepts in a relevant and entertaining way.


The post-movie bus ride back to College witnessed animated discussions, where the students explored the movie's themes and related them to the deep psychological concepts they had been studying.

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