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A reaction against a negative emphasis in psychology; a new focus on positive, adaptive, and creative aspects of human existence

Positive Psychology

The branch of psychology concerned with everyday, practical problems

Applied Psychology

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.


Observation of one's own conscious experience


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


An observable activity or response by an organism


Examines behavioral processes in terms of the adaptive or survival value for a species

Evolutionary Psychology

The use of cognitive skills and strategies to increase the probability of a desirable outcome

Critical Thinking

The Darwinian Principle that characteristics that have a survival advantage for a species are more likely to be passed on to subsequent generations

Natural Selection

Freudian theory that explains personality and abnormal behavior in terms of unconscious processes

Psychoanalytic Theory

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


The tendency to view one's own group as superior to other groups


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

Clinical Psychology

Mental process or thinking


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


The point of view that knowledge should be based on observation


A system of ideas used to link together or explain a set of observations


Any of the factors is an experiment that are controlled or observed by an experimenter or that in some other way affect the outcome


A tentative statement about the expected relationship between two or more variables


precisely defines each variable in a study in term of the operations needed to produce or measure that variable

Operational Definition

Persons or animals whose behavior is being studied; means the same thing as participants


Differing ways of conducting research, which include experiments,case studies, surveys, and naturalistic observations

Research Methods

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

Independent Variables

The variable that results from the manipulation in an experiment

Dependent Variables

The group in an experiment that that receives a treatment as part of the independent variable manipulation

Experimental Group

The group in an experiment that does not receive the treatment

Control Group

Any variables other than the independent variables that seem likely to influence the dependent measure in an experiment

Confounding Variables

Distribution of subjects in an experiment in which each subject has an equal chance of being assigned to any group or condition

Random Assignment

a link or association between variables such that one can be predicted from the other


any variables other than the independent variables that seem likely to influence the dependent measure in an experiment

Correlation Coefficient

A research method in which the researcher observes behavior in the natural environment without directly intervening

Naturalistic Observation

As in-depth, generally subjective, investigation of an individual subject

Case Study

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


Statistics helpful in organizing and summarizing (but not interpreting) data

Descriptive Statistics

Statistical procedures used to interpret data in an experiment and draw conclusions

Inferential Statistics

A statistical procedure that combines the results of many studies


A descriptive statistic and measure of central tendency that always falls in the exact half-way point


The arithmetic average


The score that occurs most frequently


The spread or dispersion of data, including the extent to which scores vary from the mean

Standard Deviation

A measure of variability in data

Extraneous Variables

A judgement inferred from statistics that the probability of the observed findings occurring by chance is very low

Statistical Significance

a repetition of a study to determine whether the previously obtained results can be duplicated


A group of subjects taken from a population


a larger group from which a sample is drawn and to which the researcher wishes to generalize


Exists when a sample is not representative of the population from which it was drawn

Sampling Bias

Also known as subjects, the individuals whose behavior is systematically observed in study


Occurs when a researcher's expectations influence the results of the study

Experimenter Bias

Effects that occur when subjects experience a change due to their expectations ( or to a "fake' treatment)

Placebo Effect

The tendency to respond in a particular way (e.g., agreeing) that is unrelated to the content of questions asked

Response Set

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

Double-Blind Procedure

A periodical that publishes ideas used to explain a set of observations


A system of interrelated ideas used to explain a set of observations


Support of a particular point of view through the use personal (and frequently vivid) stories

Anecdotal Evidence

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?

Experimental 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.


Wilhelm Wundt

Founded experimental psychology and the first experimental psychology laboratory.

G. Stanley Hall

Established the first American research laboratory, launched America's first psychological journal, was first president of the APA.

William James

Chief architect of functionalism; described a "stream of consciousness"

John B. Watson

Founded behaviorism

Sigmund Freud

Devised the theory and technique of psychoanalysis

B.F. Skinner

Identified operant conditioning.

Carl Rogers

A major proponent of "humanistic" psychology.

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

Who is Wilhelm Wundt?

He founded the first experimental laboratory

For John B. Watson, the appropriate subject matter of psychology was?

animal behavior

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...

the unconscious

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?

Carl Rogers

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

The assertion that "psychology is empirical" means that psychology is based on?


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...


In an experiment, the variable that is manipulated is called the____ variable.


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?

Naturalistic Observation

What type of research design would be used to study whether happy people are healthier?


The type of bias that leads observes to experts certain outcomes is called _____ bias.


The ____ approves research done by psychologists at most universities.

institutional review board

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___.

operational definition

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 ____.

teen athletes

Deception is allowed by the APA code of Ethics if___?

The participants are thoroughly debriefed.

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?

the mood

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.

what is the mode of the following data? 2,3,3,3,5,5,7,12


what is the median of the following data? 1,3,4,4,5,6,9.


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.

what procedure helps correct for experimenter bias?

use of the double-blind procedure.

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