Foundational concept 8 within the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the new MCAT exam covers the various factors that influence the way we think about ourselves and those around us. It also covers the psychological, sociocultural and biological factors that determine how we interact with the world around us. Foundational concept 8 also looks at the physical, cognitive and social components that make up our personal identity.
Content Categories Within Foundational Concept 8
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there are three content categories within foundational concept 8. These content categories include:
The information covered is designed to prepare medical students to learn about interacting with patients, their families, as well as other health professionals. It also prepares students to learn to deal with the factors that contribute to patient-provider interactions.
There isn’t a specific time allotted to complete foundational concept 8, but you will have 95 minutes to finish the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. The section includes 59 questions, all of which are a combination of passage-based and discrete questions.