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Final Exam Psychology

A cross-sectional study is one in which
different age groups are tested at the same time
If children cannot grasp the concept of conservation, they are unable to
recognize that the quantity of a substance remains the same despite changes in its shape.
The ability to overcome hardship during childhood again and again is referred to as
Sammy is in third grade. When he won the spelling bee, he felt proud of his accomplishment. However, when he could not complete his arithmetic assignment on time, he felt incompetent. Which of Erikson's developmental stages does this reflect?
industry vs. inferiority
Larry and Carol are tested twice on moral reasoning. When Kohlberg's measures are used, Carol gets a lower score than Larry. When Gilligan's approach is used, both individuals score at the same level - Stage 6. Based on research reported in your text, what probably caused this discrepancy?
Kohlberg's approach is a justice perspective while Gilligan's is a care perspective
Erikson's theory is based on the assumption that
each person faces a set of predictable life-changing challenges at various stages of life.
At the preconventional level of moral development, individuals decide right and wrong based on
punishments or rewards.
Which psychologist articulated the steps of cognitive development from infancy to adulthood?
Parents using the ________ parenting style give strict rules to their children with little discussion of the reasons for the rules
Which of the following most accurately describes Ainsworth's strange situation?
caregiver leaves infant with stranger and returns later
The work of Harry and Margaret Harlow established that
contact comfort is more important than feeding in the attachment process.
Infant Stefano cries virtually all the time and has difficulty with new situations. His temperament is best described as
Mazie's mom is loving and nurturing, sets clear boundaries, and engages in a lot of verbal give and take. In terms of parenting styles, she would be described as
According to Kohlberg's theory of moral development, individuals who are willing to risk their lives and freedom for a belief operate on the ________ level of moral development.
Changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors regarding principles that guide what people should do is part of ________ development.
The ability to multiply two numbers together falls under ________ development.
Little Alicia knows that fish swim in the water. When she sees her first alligator, she says to her father, "Look at the big fish!" Her father tells her that the creature is not a fish, but an alligator. After some deliberation, Little Alicia decides that some creatures that swim in the water are not fish. Alicia initially exhibited ________, and then she exhibited ________.
assimilation; accommodation
In Piaget's cognitive development theory, the ________ stage occurs during the period of infancy.
The nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate refers to
"Out of sight, out of mind" can describe the behavior of a child who has not mastered the concept of
object permanence.
Learning to perform a task so well that it becomes automatic is referred to as
You just ran a marathon in very hot weather and perspired heavily. According to drive reduction theory, your body will have a(n) ________ to hydrate, which will produce a(n) ________ for water, which will lead to a ________ to get water
need; drive; motivation
From Maslow's perspective, motivation is primarily the result of
satisfying basic needs before moving to higher needs.
Ray played basketball all of his life because he loved the sport. He became so good that he was given the opportunity to play professionally and eventually he signed a very lucrative contract. After that contract ran out, the team offered him slightly more money, but he decided that it was not enough. Which of the following best explains Ray's behavior from a motivational perspective?
Extrinsic motivation replaced Ray's intrinsic motivation to play.
Setting goals, planning for the implementation of goals, and monitoring progress are all aspects of
When you exercise, you begin breathing more rapidly to provide oxygen to your cells. This increase in breathing is an attempt to restore
Paige is an expert at golf and is bored by the thought of the upcoming tournament. Mary is pretty good at golf, and is somewhat excited, but not overly anxious about the tournament. Sara has only recently learned to play, but has very high expectations and is really nervous about the tournament. Jenna is also a beginner but she does not expect to play well. According to optimum arousal theory, who will perform the best?
A need is to a physiological state as a drive is to a(n) ________ state.
Consider the following scenario from Maslow's perspective: William has volunteered to work in a war-torn country to try to improve the lives of the residents there. Assuming that the citizens have enough food and water, what would they be in need of next?
"I am so tired of dieting. It seems like it controls my life. I wonder what my real weight would be if I just ate only when I'm hungry." This dieter is curious about her
set point
What effect, if any, does engaging in altruistic behavior have on one's well being?
increases happiness
According to Maslow, self-actualization is possibl
only after all other needs have been fulfilled.
According to self-determination theory, people are most fulfilled when they satisfy which of the following three fundamental needs?
competence, autonomy, and relatedness
Paris thinks her best friend, Nicole, may be suffering from an undiagnosed case of anorexia nervosa. She shares her concerns with Nicole, but Nicole insists that anorexia nervosa is "no big deal." What is the most serious consequence of anorexia nervosa?
It has the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder.
A sprinter would best be served by eating ________ prior to a race.
Our daily moods give us feedback on the effectiveness of our self-regulation. This means that
we will not always be happy with the feedback.
According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, optimum performance is achieved when one is
moderately anxious.
Which of the following definitions best describes the meaning of the term "autonomy"?
being independent and self-reliant
Research on delayed gratification indicates that the best way to resist temptation is to
focus on other activities rather than the forbidden activity
What typically happens when your blood sugar level gets too low?
You feel hungry.
Paul pushes Susie off the swing. Paul's behavior is best categorized as ________ aggression.
The direction of one's erotic interests refers to a person's
sexual orientation.
An expectation of how a woman or man should think, act, and feel is referred to as a
gender role.
Any man can be a great leader because men are strong, dominant, and rational. This statement reflects a gender
According to Darwin, ________ drives sexual selection.
The vast majority of "tomboys" turn out to be
The evolutionary perspective predicts that, compared to men, women will be
more selective when choosing a mate.
The research data on gender differences in general intellectual ability suggests that
there are no systematic differences between males and females.
________ refers to the social and psychological aspects of being male or female.
In terms of exploring the connection between sex and gender, the biological approach focuses on
In regards to parenting, the best predictor of good psychological adjustment in adolescence is having
a close relationship with parents.
According to the text, biological characteristics are referred to as one's
Those who adhere to the ________ perspective examine gender development by looking at how experience influences the formation of a person's sense of gender.
social cognitive
Although born with female sex organs and characteristics, Kristie has always felt uncomfortable being a girl. Her interests and activities have always been considered masculine, and she is happiest when engaging in masculine behavior. Kristie might be diagnosed with
gender identity disorder.
Pat is very assertive, nurturing, independent, and caring. Pat is best described as
The ________ theory best supports the statement: "A women should stay home and care for the children and a man should go to work to provide for them."
social role
Behavior that is meant to harm the social standing of another person is called ________ aggression.
A mental framework for understanding what is considered appropriate behavior for males and females is called a gender
Leslie has two mothers. We can expect that Leslie will
be relatively unaffected.
The term ________ refers to experiencing one's psychological gender as being different from one's physical sex.
Reggie joins the football team to please his father. According to Rogers, this is an example of
conditions of worth.
If all you know about a person is that she is freethinking, smart, and tolerant, what trait is she likely high on?
Those who adhere to the ________ approach to personality would ask the question: "Can changing your feelings about yourself increase happiness?"
Blake secretly cheated on his girlfriend and now he is constantly accusing her of harboring desires for other people. What defense mechanism is Blake using?
Abraham graduated from college with honors and approaches most aspects of life with the expectation that he will be successful. He expects a great deal of himself and sets his goals high. After his interview for a job in the most prestigious company in his state, he was convinced that he would get the job. You could say that he
has high self-efficacy.
According to Alfred Adler, people are primarily motivated by
their desire to overcome perceived shortcomings.
________ focus on the role of the unconscious mind in personality.
Psychodynamic theorists
Walter Mischel's view of situationism infers that
personality varies considerably from one context to another.
Psychologists who study personality focus on the
enduring traits and qualities we demonstrate over time.
Those who adhere to the ________ approach to personality would ask the question: "Why is Sam excited about meeting new people in his book club but afraid to meet new people at a party?"
social cognitive
According to ________, the person, the person's behavior, and the environment all influence one another in a pattern of two-way causal links.
reciprocal determinism
According to Jung, the deepest, impersonal layer of the conscious mind that is shared by all humans is called the
collective unconscious.
Maslow would argue that Gus went back to school at age forty because
he chose to fully develop his potential.
Which of the following concepts is associated with Albert Bandura?
observational learning
Which of the following accurately describes how factor analysis is used to identify personality traits?
Factor analysis identifies which traits go together in terms of how they are rated.
Sally was reared in a home where high moral principles dominated. She has attended Sunday school and church since early childhood. In high school, her boyfriend talked her into "sleeping" with him. According to Freud, which personality structure ruled Sally's behavior in the second part of this scenario?
Darin had an automobile accident in which his brother and another passenger were killed. Though Darin was not seriously hurt in the accident, he cannot remember any of the accident details. Darin is unconsciously engaging in which ego defense mechanism?
Belinda is in counseling and feels that she is on the brink of bursting through her psychological cocoon and becoming a butterfly. Belinda's therapist agrees with Belinda and feels strongly that Belinda has the innate ability to cope with stress and to control her life. Belinda's therapist is most likely a
When Peter is not biting his nails, he is chewing on a pencil. Freud would argue that Peter is fixated at the ________ stage.
________ coined the term "personology".
A person on campus walks up to you and asks if you would be willing to wear a ribbon to show support for her cause. Though the ribbon is a bit unattractive, it is small so you agree to wear it. After agreeing to this request, the solicitor then asks you if you would be willing to make a donation of $15. This example best demonstrates the persuasion technique called
the foot-in-the-door.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee warn their new babysitter, Alison, that their son, Dennis, is very aggressive and mischievous. As a result, Alison starts calling the child "Dennis the Menace" and she behaves in ways that elicit aggressive and mischievous behaviors from Dennis. This example best demonstrates the phenomenon called
the self-fulfilling prophecy.
You see a student stumble and drop her books in the hall. According to the fundamental attribution error, how would you explain this student's behavior?
She is a clumsy person.
According to the self-perception theory, if you are not sure how you feel about something, what should you do?
consider your behavior
Caroline has volunteered to work with the underprivileged children who are participants in her professor's literacy project. She is hoping that her professor will take this into consideration when calculating her grade. Caroline is expecting
In a recent softball game, Cindy misplayed a ground ball for an error. Later in the same game, she made a great catch on a very difficult play. According to the self-serving bias, she would attribute her error to ________ and her good catch to ________.
a bad bounce; good fielding skills
The advertising committee for a politician is going door to door and asking people to put a big ugly election sign on their lawn. If people refuse, they ask them if they would consider putting a smaller sign on the lawn. The committee is using
the door-in-the-face strategy.
Michael is the new department head. He expects everyone to "get on board" with his restructuring of the department, and he publicly reprimands anyone who disagrees with his new policies. On the other hand, Michael praises department members for unanimity, cohesiveness, and harmony. Michael is creating an atmosphere most conducive to
Conformity is to obedience as
Asch is to Milgram.
Enrique earned a C on his science quiz, but says to his mom, "At least I didn't make an F like Scotty did." Enrique is making a(n) ________ social comparison
Research findings indicate that frustration
can lead to aggression or passivity.
Dr. McCall found that class projects were of poorer quality when students worked in groups compared to when each student did an individual project. This difference can be explained by the phenomenon of
social loafing.
"Drinking may be harmful to my health, but I'll die having a good time." This statement illustrates an attempt to reduce
cognitive dissonance.
You have been asked to assist a defense attorney in planning a defendant's case. You insist that all of the defense character witnesses be above average in looks. What is the most likely reason for your request?
Those who are above average in looks are considered more likable.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Denise thinks she is smarter than most of the people in her class. Denise's unfounded attitude about herself is an example of a
positive illusion.
Chuck just met Elle, a new Harvard law school student. Although Elle is very intelligent, she looks more like a blonde beauty queen than a law school student. Chuck thinks that someone as beautiful as Elle is much less likely to do well in school. Chuck's views about beautiful blondes are an example of a(n)
If you were to donate one of your kidneys to whoever might need it, you would be demonstrating a(n) ________ view of human nature.
Joyce has the potential to be an honor student. However, she frustrates her teachers because of her actions. Rather than work to succeed, she tends to "dummy down" to act more like the students that she hangs out with. She sometimes answers questions incorrectly just to be more like her friends. Which of the following perspectives would explain this?
normative social influence
In Solomon Asch's study on conformity, how often did the volunteer participants conform to the group's pressure?
about 35% of the time
Which of the following practices best reduces the effects of self-objectification?
requiring students to wear school uniforms
The ________ approach emphasizes the psychological characteristics of workers and managers, and stresses the significance of factors such as moral, attitudes, and values.
human relations
Marilyn needs a wheelchair to get around. If she is hired for a new job, the company must
make accommodations to allow her to do the job
A company owner wants to hire the most honest job applicants. She could best evaluate the honesty of job applicants by using a(n)
integrity test.
Bruce and Grant apply for work at the same company. Bruce is interviewed using a structured interview format while Grant is interviewed using an unstructured interview format. Both men are hired. Will the employer be able to predict their future job performance based on how they each did in their interview?
The employer will be better able to predict Bruce's future job performance.
The tendency of individuals to perform better simply because they are being singled out and made to feel important is called
the Hawthorne effect.
The process of generating a description of what a job involves, including the knowledge and skills that are necessary to carry out the functions of the job, is called a
job analysis.
Understanding and enhancing the safety and efficiency of the human-machine interaction is the central focus of
Antony owns a company where the work is creative and employees are encouraged to suggest new solutions to old problems. Antony's company uses
theory Y management.
Maria runs her company on the philosophy that workers try to avoid doing their work so she must constantly try to "keep them in line." Maria's philosophy best matches with
theory X management
Who invented the assembly line?
Ransom E. Olds
Susan is having her performance at work evaluated. Susan is recognized for completing large volumes of work in a shorter period of time than other employees. She also has excellent time management skills and is good at prioritizing and delegating tasks. Her weaknesses are a lack of attention to details and a high rate of errors. The person rating her gives her very similar scores for production, efficiency, and accuracy. This rater's evaluation reflects which phenomenon?
halo effect
At the college where Dave works, potential employees must give a ten minute demonstration of their teaching style prior to being hired. This is an example of a(n)
work sample.
The term interviewer illusion refers to the tendency of interviewers to believe that
they can discern the truth about a job applicant.
The notion that the principles of science should be applied to work settings has been around for
almost 100 years.
Kenneth has been working for a company for nearly two years and is about to attend a workshop outlining a new software program that his company is about to adopt. What is Kenneth engaging in?
employee development
What is a key result of overlearning?
The mastermind of scientific management was
Frederick Winslow Taylor
The psychological experience of the worker is emphasized in ________ psychology.
At the end of each month, Tonya is evaluated by several of her co-workers, her boss, and even herself. She is involved in a(n) _______ performance appraisal.
The first step for a new employee is taking part in
In 1973, Rosenhan performed a study in which eight healthy adults were committed to a psychiatric hospital. What did this study demonstrate?
Being labeled with a mental disorder changes the way mental health professionals deal with you
An optimistic attribution style has been related to ________ levels of depression and ________ risk of suicide
lower; decreased
Oscar feels that if he does not circle his car five times before he gets in it, he will have an accident. The feeling that he is going to have an accident represents a(n)
Which of the following is NOT important to those who deal with psychological disorders using the psychological approach?
It has been over two years since the death of her husband, and although Jenelle tries to go out with her friends for dinners and sometimes a concert, she still cannot seem to find much pleasure in life. Jenelle is most likely suffering from
dysthymic disorder.
Which of the following disorders is associated with a particular culture?
anorexia nervosa
Carla is afraid to use any toilet other than the one in her home. She will go to any length to avoid using a public restroom or the washrooms at her friends' houses. Carla is most likely suffering from
phobic disorder.
Evan decided to take an F in English class rather than have to get up in front of the class to make an oral presentation. Evan probably suffers from
a social phobia.
An implication of the medical model of psychological disorders is that
the individual should not be blamed for the disorder.
Penny is a single mom who is constantly struggling to make ends meet. As a result, she is depressed a great deal of the time. Her depression most likely has a ________ basis.
Joshua has received low grades in math throughout his school years. In the lower grades, he would study hard, but the results were always the same. Eventually, he stopped trying to do better in math because nothing seemed to work. Joshua has developed
learned helplessness.
For a person to have experienced a major depressive episode, he/she must have had at least five of the nine symptoms for at least
two weeks.
Of the following factors, ________ is related to the highest rates of mental disorders.
low income
When Sandra was 18 years old, she was in a serious car accident. Although she made a full recovery from her injuries, she experienced extreme anxiety afterward. Sandra is now very anxious when driving, will not drive near the site of the accident, has nightmares about the accident, and flinches when she goes through intersections. Sandra has symptoms suggestive of
post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brad seems to be in a continuous state of anxiety though he is unable to identify the source of his feelings. The most likely diagnosis for Brad is ________ disorder.
generalized anxiety
Steve is a scuba diver who is concerned about sharks every time he is diving near a boat wreck. Steve is exhibiting
a normal reaction.
Mrs. Johnson recently returned home after being gone for nearly five months. She has no memory associated with those five months. She most likely experienced a(n)
dissociative fugue.
What is the name of the manual that psychologists use to classify mental disorders?
Which if the following is NOT considered one of the criteria for defining abnormal behavior?
unique behavior
Your roommate is acting very strangely. Although she has not slept much in the past few days, she says she is on top of the world. She has cleaned and re-cleaned her closets several times. She has invested in a questionable financial venture. This period of non-stop activity has lasted for well over a week and is in sharp contrast to the depression and fatigue she exhibited in the previous semester. The DSM-IV diagnosis would most likely be
bipolar disorder.
A therapist challenges her client during a therapy session by saying, "So what if your fiancée left you and married your roommate instead? Why does that mean that you are not a good person?" The therapist is working from which of the following perspective?
Pete's therapist says, "Don't say you will never fall in love again, say it will be difficult to learn to trust someone again." The therapist is utilizing ________ in his efforts to help Pete.
cognitive restructuring
"First, I would like you to get in a comfortable position and begin the breathing techniques which we have been practicing. When you sense that you have arrived at complete relaxation, we will proceed." This therapist is initiating
systematic desensitization.
Dr. Houltin is a therapist who believes that it is important for clients to share information and provide feedback to each other. Dr. Houltin is practicing ________ therapy.
Freud argued that the true meaning of dream symbols was
dependent on the individual dreamer.
After several months in psychoanalysis, Ryan had an emotional outburst during which he cried and sobbed as he talked about a childhood experience. Freud termed this emotional release
Mike takes lithium to regulate his mood. This drug is used to treat
bipolar disorder
The therapy that is based on the assumption that abnormal behavior is due to self-defeating and irrational beliefs is
cognitive therapy.
Ann has a spider phobia. During her next therapy session, her therapist plans to expose Ann to live spiders for the whole 50-minute session. Her therapist is going to use the technique called
Luanne is being treated for depression after a breakup with her boyfriend. Her therapist points out that her thoughts, and not the situation itself, is causing her to be depressed. This information suggests that Luanne's therapist practices ________ therapy.
Beck's cognitive
According to the psychoanalytic approach to psychotherapy, which of the following is an essential part of the job of a psychotherapist?
interpret the disguised revelations of the unconscious mind
Ivan is very depressed and the danger of suicide is imminent. He is not responding to the drugs normally employed to treat depression. Which of the following treatments is most likely to prove helpful in rapidly reducing Ivan's depression and suicidal behavior?
electroconvulsive therapy
Which of the following is NOT an element recognized by Rogers as one that is essential for human growth?
Kendall's therapist has asked her to imagine a large "X" when she begins to think about things that make her anxious. This is an example of the ________ technique.
thought stopping
Dr. Mitchell is your family therapist. She believes that to adequately understand psychological problems, she must understand the role that you play in the family system. Which of these statements supports that underlying belief?
Problems of the individual are often caused by problems in the family.
If a therapist gives Henry, who is suffering from alcoholism, a drink laced with a nausea-inducing drug so that he will become ill after drinking the alcohol, the therapist is using
aversive conditioning.
Mary has been working with a therapist because she has felt very confused and unsure about herself for the past few years. Mary's therapist tends to be very non-directive and devotes a great deal of the session to allowing Mary to explore her identity, wants, and dreams for the future. The therapist rarely gives direct advice and instead is primarily interested in helping Mary clarify her own ideas and feelings. Mary's therapist is most likely associated with the ________ perspective of psychotherapy.
In psychoanalytic theory, transference is used to describe
how the client comes to relate to the therapist in ways that resemble his or her other relationships.
Which of the following questions is a behavioral therapist more likely to ask than a psychoanalyst?
How much did your anxiety subside after you washed your hands?
Your therapist, Dr. Schmidt, tells you that he practices integrative therapy. This means that he
uses techniques from a variety of therapeutic models.