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An architect is designing apartments and wants them to be soundproof. She asks a psychologist what the smallest amount of sound is that can be heard. Her question is most related to

the absolute threshold

Taylor dreamed she was hearing a phone ringing. Taylor is a telephone receptionist who spends most of her day answering the phone at work. This is an example

day residue

Which of the following are the two integrated parts of the autonomic nervous system?

sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems

When you are paid $1 instead of $2, it is a big deal. When you are paid $91 instead of $92, the difference feels less painful. This is similar to

Weber's Law

In terms of states of consciousness, hypnosis involves a

sense of deep relaxation and susceptibility to suggestion

After finishing a psychology test, you try to relax by engaging in some mediation techniques. Doing these exercises should increase the response of the ________ nervous system and result in slower heart and respiration rates and muscular tension

parasympathetic

Since most non-primate mammals have no color vision, you would expect their eyes to have

mostly rods

Which drug is not physically addictive but can cause psychological withdrawal symptoms, decreased cognition efficiency, and weakened immune system with prolonged use?

Maryijuana

The primary function of dendrites is to

receive incoming info

Sensory information is interpreted through the process of

perception

What do drugs, mediation, and intense religious experiences or sexual orgasms have in common?

they produce altered states of consciousness

Which division of the nervous system is composed of all the nerves that branch from the brain and spinal cord?

peripheral nervous system

When sound waves enter the ear canal, they first

vibrate the ear drum

Personal expectations, social situations, and moods are factors that may

influence an individual's response to drugs

Drugs that create a sense of relaxation and lowered inhibitions by reducing the activity of the central nervous system are called

depressants

Are neurons physically connected to one another?

No, they are separated by a synaptic gap

The sleep disorder of narcolepsy occurs when individuals

fall unexpectedly into a deep sleep in the middle of daily activities

If you have ever been struck in the back of the head and saw stars or flashes of light, cells were stimulated in your _____ lobe.

occipital

The main function of sensory receptor cells is to

receive outside forms of energy and translate into neural impulses

A researcher who places closely spaced electrodes on her subjects' heads in order to study brain activity is using the ______ technique

EEG

The semi-wakeful period that proceeds light sleep is called

the hypnagogic state

The receptors for vision are located in the

retina

It is the _____ cells that transports nutrients from the blood vessels to neurons

glial

Is the peripheral nervous system part of the central nervous system?

No, but the peripheral nervous system is divided into two subsystems

The sense of smell is called ______, and the sense of taste is called _____

olfaction and gustation

Which hypothesis states that abnormal behavior is similar to normal behavior but is more severe and harmful form of it?

Continuity hypothesis

Ever since Harry was nearly beaten to death by his fellow inmates in prison, his life has been miserable. He still has vivid memories of the episode that he can't escape. Harry's symptoms sound most like?

posttraumatic stress disorder

Millie goes to the doctor at least twice a month and is always worried about becoming ill even though the doctor assures her that her health is perfect. Millie's pattern resembles

hypochondriasis

Brenda is feeling stress because she is afraid of losing her job due to downsizing. What is the source of Sigrid's stress?

pressure

In terms of therapeutic approaches, which approach is based on the premise that people possess the capacity to solve their own problems if given help and a safe environment to confront what is troubling them?

Client-centered therapy

Over the last two semesters, Henry has been experiencing sharp chest pains just before a test is scheduled. He has had a thorough medical exam but no physical cause for pain has been found. Henry most likely has

somatization

What characteristic does dissociative amnesia and dissociative fugue have in common?

both involve memory loss

Unhealthy feelings, no energy, poor appetite, and low motivation are characteristics of someone suffering from

major depression

To relax the patient's conscious control and interpret unconscious symbols through therapy describes the approaches of a

psychoanalyst

If one of your friends was experiencing an intense euphoria that is quite enjoyable, they may be in the midst of an episode of

mania

Which of the following would be the best example of an approach-approach conflict?

Choosing between one good job offer and a second good job offer

Which type of schizophrenia is most likely to involve disturbances in body movements?

catatonic

The therapy based on the assumption that abnormal behavior is due to faulty ways of thinking and believing is

cognitive therapy

Which personality disorder includes individuals who have no interest in social contact?

Schizoid personality disorder

When the occurrence of an event causes an individual's ability to cope to be exceeded, _____ occurs.

stress

Edwin is afraid to ride in elevators, and he quit his job because he was being moved to the 27th floor of his office building. He would probably be classified as exhibiting a

specific phobia

Stress arising from the threat of negative events is called

pressure

Abnormal behavior is defined in terms of _____ rather than ____.

harm;unusualness

Which type of therapist would most likely use free association and dream analysis to explain unconscious motivations?

A psychoanalyst

" I realize that everyone is taling about me, mostly behind my back. Yesterday I read the paper and found that all the reporters were writing specifically about me. I found coded messages in sever articles, which of course only I could decipher." Which disorder is the person in this question most likely to be diagnosed with?

Paranoid Schizophrenia

When Jane said "I just feel like my father never listened to me; he just blocked me out like I wasn't significant enough to be considered," her counselor said, "You sound hurt and angry that your father didn't pay more attention to you." The therapist was using client-centered technique of ______

reflection

Mary arrived at work one day in uncommonly good spirits. She told her coworkers she has a terrific idea about starting her own business and that she would soon be rich. She quit her job the same day. Several weeks later her former coworkers learned she was feeling very down and would not see anyone. Mary most likely has _______

bipolar disorder

When a therapist helps a person overcome a phobia by gradually accompanying the patient from mildly fearful event to more fearful events, the therapist is using the ______ technique.

Graded exposure

The presence of two or more powerful motives, both highly attractive goals, but only one of which can be attained, are the ingredients for _____

conflict

If your friend has an unrealistic sense of self-importance, is preoccupied with her fantasies of self-success, requires constant praise and attention, exploits others, and feels entitled to special consideration, then she is most likely possesses ____ personality disorder.

narcissistic

Jack was sitting, reading a book when all of a sudden he felt he was "losing his mind." His heart beat faster and he began to sweat and tremble. His behavior mostly resembles _______ disorder.

panic anxiety

The strange beliefs held by schizophrenias are called

delusions

In which school of thought did researchers ask participants to report sensations they were experiencing?

Structuralism

One advantage of naturalistic observation is that the researchers can examine behavior

in a setting where subjects are comfortable and relaxed

In psychology, William James was highly influential in developing the school of though known as

functionalism

What do the survey technique and naturalistic observation have in common?

They are both descriptive research methods

Followers of Albert Bandura's viewpoint would best be described as

social learning theorists

When both the researchers and the participants do not know who is in the experimental group do not know who is in the control group, this tip of study is known as

double blind

According to Sigmund Freud, where do motives reside?

In the unconscious mind

The most important aspect of study to a humanistic psychologist is

self-concept

What is the major difference between psychologists and psychiatrists?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors

The variable that the researchers controls or manipulates is called the

independent variable

Evidence gathered from publicly observable behavior is known as _____ evidence

empirical

Which of the following would be an operational definition designed to measure the amount of violence on television

counting the number of homicides that occur on a TV show

A prediction based on a theory is known as a

hypothesis

Early in history of psychology Ebbinghaus, a memory researcher, used himself as the only research participant in his study. Given this information, what might cause you to be skeptical about his results?

the sample was probably not representative

One of the key characteristics os using a sample to learn about a larger group of beings is that the sample needs to be

representative

Successful replication means that certain conclusions about behavior have been

repeated in multiple experiments

Variable X increases as Variable Y increases. Choose the correlation coefficient that best applies.

+0.80

Rather than study the entire population of one group, you decide to focus on a subset of the group. This subset or subgroup is called a

sample

If an early psychologist believed that the study of psychology should focus on the purpose of the mind and not on its raw elements, that psychologist most likely adhere to the school of thought known as

functionalism

Which of the following is a potential disadvantage to using the survey method to answer questions of interest?

You can not se sure that answers are completely honest to questions about sensitive topics

Going to the shopping mall and watching people's behavior is an example of

descriptive research

Which of the following is a condition that is necessary for the ethical use of deception?

The deception must be revealed immediately after the study is over

A researcher using the correlation method is interesting in determining if there is a _____ relationship between two variables

statisical

The Department of Motor Vehicle recently completed a study that indicated there is a negative correlation between the age of the driver and the number of errors on the written driving test. This result means that

the older the driver, the fewer errors on the driving test

What does it mean when there is a zero correlation between two variables?

There is no statistical relationship between the two variables being studied

Which of the following is a key term in the definition of psychology?

Behavior

A student is interested in studying college student success. His professor said " How will you measure it?" The student replies, "with the grade-point average at graduation." This instance specifying how college student success is to be measured is an example of

operational defintions

One advantage of formal experiments as compared to correlational studies is that formal experiments

can allow conclusions about cause and effect

A researcher has 40 people to assign into two groups: an experimental group and a control group. The researcher flips a coin: heads, experimental group and tails, control group. This is an example of

random assignment

You have a friend who appears to be having frequent anxiety attacks. From what you know about psychoanalytic school, what would a psychoanalyst say was at the heart of your friend's problem?

Unconscious Motives

Which of the following statistics describes the spread of a series of numbers?

Standard Deviation and Variance

Learning is defined as a ______ change in behavior due to ____.

relatively permanent; experience

You cannot remember much of what you learned in high school chemistry but you learn the same chemistry material in college much faster than you did in high school. Which method of memory evaluation does this illustrate?

Relearning

Adler believed that the primary goal of personality development was to overcome

feelings of inferiority

A fleck of dust or dirt in your eye automatically causes the eye to produce tears to wash out the dirt. If this were part of a classical conditioning experiment, the fleck of dust or dirt would be labeled as the

unconditioned stimulus

Juliet refuses to go to the dance because she has just developed a pimple on her chin and she is sure everyone will talk about it behind her back. Her behavior illustrates

imaginary audience

A book designed to help people develop the personality features they desire suggests that readers pattern their lives on the model provided by someone they admire a great deal. The approach employed here is most compatible with

social learning theory

The study of "Little Albert" is a famous example of the study of learned that was conducted by

Watson

You are unable to remember your previous address because you tend to confuse it with your current address. This illustrates _____ interference.

Retrograde

Studies with the visual cliff suggest that infants

develop fear after they learn to crawl and experience a stumble or fall

The Rorschach inkblot test is based on the assumption that

people will project repressed feelings onto ambiguous stimuli

Reinforcers that are acquired through learning are called ______ reinforcers.

secondary

If Pam is rated as negligent, careless, and undependable on a personality test, which of the following personality traits may also be low?

conscientiousness

Slot machines are set to pay off on the average of once in every 1,000,000 plays. This is an example of a _____ schedule of reinforcement.

variable-ratio

Developmental psychology is best described as a study of

changes in behavior across the entire life span

A teenager has been grounded by her parents for not doing the dishes. Mom tells the teenager that if you do the dishes, then you will not be grounded anymore. This attempt at behavior change is best described as

negative reinforcement

The first stage of Erikson's personality development theory (occurring during infancy) is

trust vs. mistrust

In the stage theory of memory, the different stages are the

sensory register, short-term memory, and long-term memory stages

In Horney's theory of personality, anxious insecurity is most likely the result of

inadeguate parenting

According to the stage model of memory, which stage is the most permanent memory store?

Third Stage

According to research, the happiest older adult are those who

continue to be active in meaningful activites

When using positive reinforcement, the _____ should immediately follow the ____.

reinforcer; response

The phrase "seven plus or minus two" refers to the

storage capacity of short-term memory

In social learning theory, the perception that one is capable of doing what is necessary to reach one's goal is known as

self-efficacy

Kubler-Ross identified the stages experienced by terminally ill patients and placed them in the order from start to finish of

denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance

You took a personality test, and the results indicated you were high in extraversion and moderate in agreeableness. These are examples of

the "Big Five" personality traits

Which of the following are the operations associated with the information-processing model of memory?

Input, storage, and retrieval

According to Frued, what are the three levels of consciousness?

Conscious, preconscious, unconscious

Let's say you have a hungry cat in your kitchen.......

conditioned response

Which of the following is an example of a control process?

Retrieval

A young boy feels guilty after looking through some adult sex magazines. In Freud's theory, the source of this guilt is the

superego

Food, water, warmth, novel stimulation, physical activity, and sexual gratification are all examples of

primary reinforcers

If you see that a handsome guy in your history class at every sporting event and you want to meet him under the best of circumstances, introduce yourself

just after your team has won a game

When considering how OTHER people behave, we tend to ____ the effects of the social situation and _____ the importance of their personal characteristics

underestimate; overestimate

Asch asked college students to make judgements about lengths of lines. Confederates of the researcher purposely made errors, causing the research participant to do the same. This experiment illustrates the phenomenon of

conformity

Bob saw a child crying as if she had lost her mother and he assumed someone else in the crowd at the mall would take care of the situation. This is an example of

diffusion of responsibility

Howard Gardner's research indicates that

Intelligence includes more than just verbal and mathematical abilities

Groupthink tends to occur more often if the group is

very cohesive

How many phonemes are found in the word "bottom?"

four

When we use a certain cognitive process to reach a goal temporarily blocked by an obstacle, we are using

problem solving

When Brenda showed up at her supervisor's party, she noticed she had dressed rather formally and everyone else had dressed casually. She quickly went home, changed, and returned. Brenda's behavior is best explained by

conformity

If 10 people say that a color is blue when it actually is not. what is the 11th person likely to do?

say that the color is blue

If a child's mental age were higher than his or her chronological age, this would mean that

the child is brighter than normal

When an authority figure gives you specific instructions and you follow them to the letter, _____ has occurred.

Obedience

What was the main finding of Zimbardo's study?

Social situations can have a powerful influence on behavior

In attribution, people display a tendency to see their own behavior as externally causes and the behavior of others as internally causes. This tendency is known as the

fundamental attribution error

You have gone to your car after attending a basketball game with 12,000 fans present. You are unable to start your car. The bystander effect suggests that you will have a better chance of getting help if

few people are left in the parking lot

When a person feels anonymous and unidentifiable as a part of a group, _____ has occurred.

deindividuation

Other things being equal, when we are forming an impression about a person, we tend to

place a greater emphasis on negative characteristic than on positive

The intellectual processes by which information is obtained, transformed, stored, retrieved, and used is called

cognition

The willingness to consider unconventional approaches, to use imagination, and to attempt to develop new definitions of problems are central characteristics of

divergent thinking

A bicyclist finds that she can cycle faster during competition than when she is riding alone. This is likely to be caused by

social facilitation

The idea that there are an infinite number of possible things a person can say and that these sayings come from a finite number of words and rules of language is called

generativity

Mary was asked to contribute $100 to humanitarian relief by a Red Cross representative. After she said no the representative suggested any amount would be welcomed. Mary is likely to contribute the smaller amount because of the

door in the face technique

A teacher insists that diagramming complex sentences helps students comprehend the _____ of the English language

syntax

John is relatively certain that his company should hire a particular job candidate. If he feels even more strongly about the candidate after a company meeting, what has occurred?

polarization

How does crystallized intelligence differ from fluid intelligence?

Fluid intelligence shows age-related declines before crystallized intelligence

High school students taking the SAT.....

standardization

Stanley Milgram's studies on obedience indicate that

most people will obey inappropriate demands if they are received from an authority figure

When a test is given to a large group of individual's varying in age, sex, background, and so on to form a basis for interpreting an individual's score, what is being calculated?

norms

The general prejudgement of a person based on inappropriate criteria is formally called

prejudice

In order to be classified as mentally retarded, a person must have an IQ score below

70

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