A reaction against a negative emphasis in psychology; a new focus on positive, adaptive, and creative aspects of human existence
A school of psychology based on the notion that the task of psychology is to analyze consciousness into its basic elements and to investigate how these elements are related.
school of thought asserting that psychology's major purpose was to investigate the function or purpose of consciousness
the theoretical orientation asserting that scientific psychology should study only observable behavior
Examines behavioral processes in terms of the adaptive or survival value for a species
The use of cognitive skills and strategies to increase the probability of a desirable outcome
The Darwinian Principle that characteristics that have a survival advantage for a species are more likely to be passed on to subsequent generations
Freudian theory that explains personality and abnormal behavior in terms of unconscious processes
According to psychoanalytic theory, that portion of the mind containing thoughts, memories, and wishes not in awareness but nonetheless exerting a strong effect on human behavior
the psychological theory asserting that human beings are unique and fundamentally different from other animals
Widely shared customs, beliefs, values, norms, and institutions that are transmitted socially across generations
The branch of psychology concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders
The science that studies behavior and the physiological and treatment of psychological problems and disorders
The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems and disorders
Any of the factors is an experiment that are controlled or observed by an experimenter or that in some other way affect the outcome
precisely defines each variable in a study in term of the operations needed to produce or measure that variable
Differing ways of conducting research, which include experiments,case studies, surveys, and naturalistic observations
A research method in which independent variables are manipulated and which permits casual interpretations
A condition or event that an experimenter varies in order to observe its impact
The group in an experiment that that receives a treatment as part of the independent variable manipulation
Any variables other than the independent variables that seem likely to influence the dependent measure in an experiment
Distribution of subjects in an experiment in which each subject has an equal chance of being assigned to any group or condition
any variables other than the independent variables that seem likely to influence the dependent measure in an experiment
A research method in which the researcher observes behavior in the natural environment without directly intervening
A questionnaire or interview used to gather information about specific aspects of subjects' behavior
mathematical techniques that help in organizing, summarizing, and interpreting numerical data
Statistical procedures used to interpret data in an experiment and draw conclusions
A descriptive statistic and measure of central tendency that always falls in the exact half-way point
The spread or dispersion of data, including the extent to which scores vary from the mean
A judgement inferred from statistics that the probability of the observed findings occurring by chance is very low
a repetition of a study to determine whether the previously obtained results can be duplicated
a larger group from which a sample is drawn and to which the researcher wishes to generalize
Also known as subjects, the individuals whose behavior is systematically observed in study
Effects that occur when subjects experience a change due to their expectations ( or to a "fake' treatment)
The tendency to respond in a particular way (e.g., agreeing) that is unrelated to the content of questions asked
Occurs when an extraneous variable makes it difficult to sort out the effects of the independent variable
The tendency to answer questions about oneself in a socially approved manner
Social Desirability Bias
A research strategy in which neither the subjects nor experimenters know which condition or treatment the subjects are in
Support of a particular point of view through the use personal (and frequently vivid) stories
According to your text, the best definition of psychology is...?
the scientific study of behavior and mental processes
The empirical approach to psychological research is best reflected in which of the following statements?
A psychological study is conducted through careful observation and scientifically based research
Dr. Smith works at a research facility where her team is trying to establish a link between a specific protein and a specific mental illness. Dr. Smith is engaged in which type of professional psychology?
Dr. Lee is a medical doctor who works in a hospital setting and specializes in diagnosing and treating people with psychological disorders. He can prescribe medication to help in the treatment of mental disorders. Dr. Lee is most likely a...?
Dr. Jones,a developmental psychological, has read a recent research article about children's taste preferences, which concluded that most children do not like to eat very spicy foods. When the nearby nursery school asked her advice about what to prepare for the children's snacks, Dr. Jones suggested not including any spicy foods. Dr. Jones is practicing ______ psychology?
The contemporary view of psychology has evolved from all fields of study with the exception of the field of...?
Most psychologists consider the era of modern psychology to have begun with which of the following events?
Wilhelm Wundt establishes a research lab to study the structures of the mind in 1979
Functionalism is the historical school of psychology that focused its attention on?
the belief that mental processes could best be understood in terms of their adaptive purpose and function
The behaviorist movement believed that psychology should focus on...?
observable actions and associations
An introspective look at the Necker Cube illustrates that humans do not sense the world as it really is because...?
humans add personal interpretation to experiences
Dr. Ortiz studies the effect of neurotransmitters, chemicals that are secreted in the brain, on human behavior. She is best described as a ___ psychologist.
Dr. Amarosa is studying the relationship between the color of words presented to person and the quantity of words that person remembers. He is best describes as a ___ psychologist.
Dr. Schulman believes that human behavior is generated in our unconscious minds and is the result of unresolved conflicts and desires. She views human behavior and mental processes from the ____ perspective.
G. Stanley Hall
Established the first American research laboratory, launched America's first psychological journal, was first president of the APA.
Structuralism is the historical school of psychology that asserted that the purpose of psychology was to?
examine the purpose of conscious processes
Of the two parents of psychology, physiology and philosophy, which provided the method? What is the method?
physiology; observation and science
Which of the following represents a major breakthrough in the development of applied psychology?
Binet's development of the intelligence test
Within academic psychology, Freud's ideas initially encountered resistance he emphasized...
Which of the following would be considered the major principle of operant conditioning?
humans and other animals tend to repeat responses followed by positive outcomes
Which of the following theorists would tend to emphasize explanations in terms of freedom and potential for personal growth?
Recent Research trends in psychology involve two areas largely ignored by early behaviorists. These two areas are:...?
Cognition and physiological processes
Which core psychological research area is primarily devoted to the study of such topics as memory, problem solving, and thinking?
Critical thinking includes?
analysis of problems in terms of scientific principles, making decisions based on formal and informal logic, and thinking that includes consideration of conflicting interpretations
Contemporary psychologists generally assume that human behavior is determined by?
heredity and environment acting jointly
Dr. Jones believes there is a relationship between the amount of chocolate a child eats and the hyperactivity level of the child. This belief is a...
Dexter works for a magazine and is told by his editor to write an article on test scores in the local elementary school. He divides the students into groups based on grade level. He then examines the local test scores. In this study, the independent variable is the ____.
grade level of the students
Dexter works for a magazine and is told by his editor to write an article on test scores in the local elementary school. He divides the students into groups based on grade level. He then examines the local test scores. In this study, the dependent variable is the ____.
test scores of the students
Professor Ripken is interested in studying children's social behaviors. To do this, he visits a preschool and carefully monitors and record the children's behavior. Professor Ripken is engaged in what type of research?
Rupert wants to learn whether men or women are better drivers. To determine this, he decided that he will measure driving ability by examining the number of tickets that people have been received. Thus, he is using the number of tickets as the basis of the___.
Jason is studying visualization in high school athletes. He recruits participants from football, baseball and gymnastics at a local high school. he also recruits participants from teenagers at the mall who report sport participation. His population of interest is ____.
Which of the following is a major assumption of science?
Events occur in a relatively orderly or predictable manner
An experimenter tests the hypothesis that physical exercise helps people's mood (makes them happier). Subjects in the experimental group participate on Monday and Tuesday and those in the control group on Wednesday and Thursday. What is the independent variable?
the mood (degree of happiness)
An experimenter tests the hypothesis that physical exercise helps people's mood (makes them happier). Subjects in the experimental group participate on Monday and Tuesday and those in the control group on Wednesday and Thursday. What is the dependent variable?
An experimenter tests the hypothesis that physical exercise helps people's mood (makes them happier). Subjects in the experimental group participate on Monday and Tuesday and those in the control group on Wednesday and Thursday. What is the confounding variable?
day of the week
in looking through some medical records, you find that there is a strong relationship between depression and chronic pain: the stronger the physical pain that people report, the higher their scores on an inventory that measures depression. which of the following conclusions are justified?
depression tends to produce chronic pain, chronic pain tends to produce depression, both chronic pain and depression result from unknown third factor.
researchers find a negative relationship between alcohol consumption and speed of response: the more alcohol consumed, the slower the response speed. which of the following fictitious statistics could possibly represent that correlation?
an instructor wishes to find out whether a new teaching method is superior to his usual procedures, so he conducts an experiment. everyone in his classes is quite excited about the prospect of the learning under the new procedure, but of course he cannot administer the new teaching method to everyone, so some students are dissapointed. a random half of the students receive the new method and remaining method receive the old. what is the most obvious flaw in this experiment?
placebo effects or experimenter bias.