Mark believes that people are genetically predisposed to dislike bitter-tasting foods because this has enhanced human survival. His belief best illustrates the ________ perspective.
Arguments as to whether psychological differences between men and women result from biological or social influences most clearly involve a debate over the issue of:
nature versus nurture.
Dr. Tiao conducts basic research on the effects of head injuries on people's problem-solving and abstract-reasoning skills. Which psychological specialty does her research best represent?
The study of inner thoughts and feelings is to the study of observable behavior as ________ is to ________.
Professor Kim suggests that young children from all cultures can distinguish between singular and plural nouns because the concept of quantity is inborn. The Professor's suggestion would have been most readily accepted by:
Which perspective is most directly concerned with assessing the relative contributions of heredity and experience to personality development?
An explanation using an integrated set of principles that organizes and predicts behavior or events is called a(n):
According to Emily's grandfather, Adolf Hitler's obvious emotional instability made it clear from the beginning days of his international conflicts that Germany would inevitably lose World War II. The grandfather's claim best illustrates:
the hindsight bias.
In reporting the effect of alcohol consumption on self-consciousness, psychological researchers would specify exactly how they measured self-consciousness. They are thereby providing a(n):
If psychologists were to find that we are especially attracted to people whose traits are different from our own, this discovery would likely seem obvious and unsurprising to college students because:
students, like everyone else, have a tendency to exaggerate their ability to have foreseen the outcome of past discoveries.
Animal researchers are more likely to support regulations protecting:
the well-being of cats than the well-being of mice.
In order to verify the dependability of a new scientific finding, psychological researchers are most likely to engage in the process of:
Alexandra is told that research supports the value of cosmetic surgery for boosting self-esteem. Belinda is told that the esteem-enhancing value of cosmetic surgery has been refuted by research., Both women would consider the findings to be common sense. This best illustrates the power of:
the hindsight bias.
Thinking that she had outperformed most of her classmates, Glenda was surprised to receive just an average grade on her psychology test. Glenda's experience best illustrates:
The personal values of psychologists are likely to influence their choice of:
topics of investigation, research methods, explanatory theories.
After being mistreated by many children in her neighborhood, Mrs. Johnson concluded that kids in today's society are typically cruel and insensitive. Mrs. Johnson ought to remind herself that reasonable generalizations depend on:
observing representative samples.
Daniel and Donald are identical twins who were separated at birth and raised in different countries. When they were finally reunited for the first time as adults, the men were amazed to discover that they were both plumbers, both avid tennis players, and both addicted to chocolates. The men would be best advised to recognize the danger of:
perceiving order in random events.
In order to assess the extent to which mortality rates increase as people age, researchers would most likely make use of:
In order to minimize the extent to which placebo effects contribute to outcome differences between experimental and control conditions in a drug-treatment study, researchers are likely to make use of:
the double-blind procedure.
Seven members of a girls' club reported the following individual earnings from their sale of raffle tickets: $5, $9, $4, $11, $6, $4, and $3. In this distribution of individual earnings, the:
median is less than the mean and greater than the mode.
If college graduates typically earn more money than high school graduates, this would indicate that level of education and income are:
During the past month, Henri and Sylvia each ate 10 candy bars, while Jerry ate 8, Tricia ate 6, and Tahli ate only 1. The mean number of candy bars eaten by these individuals was:
A positive correlation between self-esteem and academic success would indicate that:
C) those with high self-esteem are more academically successful than those with low self-esteem.
After 3 hours of playing a physically exhausting professional tennis match, Chitra began to experience a sense of physical exhilaration and pleasure. It is likely that her feelings were most directly linked to the release of:
Messages are transmitted from your spinal cord to your digestive system's stomach muscles by the:
sympathetic nervous system.
When Dirk was stung by a bee, the pain message was transmitted to his spinal cord by the ________ nervous system.
A drug that inhibits the release of a particular neurotransmitter into the synaptic gap is called a(n):
After a sky-diving accident, Laurie was unable to make sense of other people's speech. It is likely that her cortex was damaged in:
Information is most quickly transmitted from one cerebral hemisphere to the other by the:
The region of your cerebral cortex that enables you to recognize a person as your own mother is:
an association area.
Which neural center in the limbic system plays a central role in emotions such as aggression and fear?
The part of the left temporal lobe that is involved in understanding language is known as:
If an individual's right cerebral hemisphere is completely destroyed by disease, that person is unable to see anything:
in his or her left field of vision.
Research on the perceptual abilities of newborns indicates that they:
look more at a facelike image than at a bull's-eye pattern.
The branch of psychology that systematically focuses on the physical, mental, and social changes that occur throughout the life cycle is called:
One of the three major issues in developmental psychology involves the study of:
When Joan touched her infant's cheek, he turned his head toward the side that was touched and opened his mouth. Joan was eliciting the:
Research indicates that 3-week-old human infants can distinguish:
their mother's voice from that of a female stranger.
According to Piaget, assimilation involves:
interpreting new experiences in terms of one's current understanding.
Current research on cognitive development indicates that:
mental skills develop earlier and more gradually than Piaget believed.
Identical twins typically begin walking on nearly the same day. This best illustrates the importance of _______ to motor skills.
According to Piaget, the preoperational stage is to the concrete operational stage as ________ is to ________.
A tendency to exaggerate the extent to which our own opinions are shared by others best illustrates:
Biological growth processes that are relatively uninfluenced by experience and that enable orderly changes in behavior are referred to as:
Erik Erikson suggested that children with a secure attachment to their parents are especially likely to experience:
Babies who are unable to predict how their parents will react to their cries for care and attention are especially likely to show signs of:
Parents who discuss and negotiate family rules are especially likely to raise children who are:
Dmitri is a typical 6-month-old. When he looks into a mirror he is likely to:
reach toward the image as if it were another child.
Nonreproductive sexual characteristics such as the deepened male voice and male facial hair are called:
secondary sex characteristics.
Which of the following is true of adolescence today as compared to a century ago?
Menarche occurs earlier in life, and adult independence occurs later in life.
Compared with Americans 40 years ago, Americans today are likely to:
marry for the first time at a later age.
Lolita vacillates between acting rebellious toward her parents and high school teachers and behaving with compliance and respect. Erikson would have suggested that Lolita's inconsistency illustrates:
As individuals progress through their teen years into early adulthood, their self-concepts typically become:
According to Erikson, adolescents who are unable to develop a sense of identity experience:
The improved judgment and impulse control that occur as adolescents grow older is made possible by the development of:
the frontal lobes.
Killing one person in order to save five by throwing a switch that diverts a runaway trolley is judged as more morally acceptable than killing one person in order to save five by pushing a stranger directly into the path of the oncoming trolley. This best illustrates that moral judgments may reflect:
Older adults outperformed younger adults in their responses to New York Times crossword puzzles. The superior performance of these older adults best illustrates the value of:
Marriage bonds are especially likely to endure when members of a couple:
engage in more positive than negative interactions with each other.
The conflicting results of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of aging and intelligence are of greatest relevance to the issue of:
stability or change.
Research on people aged 65 and over has shown that:
most elderly people experience a noticeable loss of visual sensitivity.
An irreversible brain disorder marked by a deterioration of reasoning and memory is called:
The deterioration of memory, reasoning, and language that accompanies Alzheimer's disease is called:
The grief experienced over the death of a loved one is especially severe when death is experienced:
as a time that required sharing honest emotions with others.
Research suggests that during early and middle adulthood:
crystallized intelligence increases and fluid intelligence decreases.
In surveying women who either had or had not yet experienced menopause, researchers have discovered that:
postmenopausal women frequently agree that after menopause women feel better than they have for years.
In Erikson's theory, the sense of integrity achieved in late adulthood refers to the feeling that:
one's life has been meaningful.
Psychophysics is best defined as the study of relationships between:
physical stimuli and psychological experience.
Those who believe in the value of subliminal audiotapes would be wrong to claim that:
unconsciously processed information is unusually persuasive.
Damage to the temporal lobe region of the brain essential for facial recognition produces a loss of:
An exhausted forest ranger may notice the faintest scent of a forest fire, whereas much stronger but less important odors fail to catch her attention. This fact would be of greatest relevance to:
signal detection theory.
Although Manuel was sitting right next to his parents, he smelled a skunk minutes before they did. Apparently, Manuel has a lower ________ for skunk odor than his parents have.
You typically fail to consciously perceive that your own nose is in your line of vision. This best illustrates:
Which theory assumes that top-down processing can influence a person's absolute threshold for a particular stimulus?
signal detection theory
Two-year-old Philip was recently clawed by the neighbor's cat. Philip's newly developed tendency to fear all small animals demonstrates the process of:
In Pavlov's experiments on the salivary conditioning of dogs, a CR was:
salivation to the sound of a tone.
An experimenter plans to condition a dog to salivate to a light by pairing the light with food. The dog will learn to salivate to the light most quickly if the experimenter presents the light:
a half-second before the food.
Male Japanese quail became sexually aroused by a red light that had previously been associated with the presentation of a female quail. In this instance, the female quail is a:
After recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, Gina was afraid to ride a motorcycle but not a bicycle. Gina's pattern of fear best illustrates:
John B. Watson emphasized that:
learning should be explained without any reference to mental processes.
Because Saleem was spanked on several occasions for biting electric cords, he no longer does so. Saleem's behavior change best illustrates the value of:
Dr. Raheja places a rat in a small, glass-enclosed chamber where it learns to press a bar to obtain a food pellet. Obviously, Dr. Raheja is using a ________ to study learning.
Classical conditioning is to learned associations between ________ as operant conditioning is to learned associations between ________.
two stimuli; a response and a stimulus
B. F. Skinner recommended that we control behavior with ________ rather than with ________.
A variable-interval schedule of reinforcement is one in which a response is reinforced only after a(n):
unpredictable time period has elapsed.
Punishment is a potentially hazardous way for teachers to control young children's behaviors because:
the use of punishment could condition children to fear and avoid school.
Janna's behavior is more strongly influenced by the momentary thrill of unprotected sex than by the prospect of an unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection. This best illustrates the impact of:
Learning associations between one's own personal actions and resulting events is most relevant to the process of:
The desire to engage in an activity for the sake of its own enjoyment involves:
Without any explicit training from adults, many 8-year-old children know how to turn the ignition key in order to start their parents' cars. This best illustrates the importance of:
The transmission of cultural fads and fashions best illustrates the impact of:
The tendency for children to imitate behaviors seen on television best illustrates the importance of:
We are most likely to imitate the behavior of models if we observe that their actions are:
followed by reinforcement.
Mr. Zandee has stopped smoking because he wants to model healthy behavior patterns for his children. Mr. Zandee is apparently aware of the importance of ________ in his children's development.
Children exposed to a model who preached one thing and did another:
said what the model said and did what the model did.
Most researchers who have examined the effects of viewing televised aggression conclude that:
viewing violence leads children and teenagers to behave aggressively.
A dramatic increase in children's violent play immediately after they viewed a video of the "Power Rangers" illustrates the role of television as a source of:
Prolonged exposure to TV violence leads viewers to experience:
less sympathy for victims of violence and to become less upset by the sight of real life violence.
One explanation for the fundamental attribution error involves observers':
limited visual perspective.
The participants in Philip Zimbardo's simulated prison study:
were so endangered by their role-playing experience that the study was discontinued.
Feeling responsible for behavior that violates our conscience is most likely to contribute to:
Poverty and unemployment are likely to be explained in terms of ________ by political liberals and in terms of ________ by political conservatives.
situational constraints; personal dispositions
After giving in to her friends' request that she drink alcohol with them, 16-year-old Jessica found that she couldn't resist the pressure they exerted on her to try heroin. Her experience best illustrates:
the foot-in-the-door phenomenon.
A life insurance salesperson who takes advantage of the foot-in-the-door phenomenon would be most likely to:
ask customers to respond to a brief survey of their attitudes regarding life insurance.
The fundamental attribution error is most likely to lead observers to conclude that unemployed people:
are irresponsible and unmotivated.
When no weapons of mass destruction were found following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, some Americans revised their memories of the main rationale for going to war. The text author suggests that we can best explain why people change their memories in terms of:
cognitive dissonance theory.
During a test, Abe impulsively copied several answers from a nearby student's paper. He felt very uncomfortable about having done this until he convinced himself that copying answers is not wrong if classmates are careless enough to expose their test sheets. Which theory best explains why Abe adopted this new attitude?
cognitive dissonance theory
Professors Maksoud, Struthers, and Vasic each tend to think that obtaining a university degree is easier today than it was when they were students. After discussing the matter over coffee, they are even more convinced that obtaining a degree is easier today. This episode provides an example of:
Group polarization refers to:
the enhancement of a group's prevailing attitudes through group discussion.
In Milgram's first study of obedience, the majority of "teachers" who were ordered to shock a "learner":
complied fully and delivered the highest level of shock.
In Milgram's experiments, participants were torn between whether they should respond to the pleas of the ________ or the demands of the ________.
Circumstances that increase ________ are likely to decrease ________.
Social loafing refers to the tendency for people to:
exert less effort when they are pooling their efforts toward a common goal.
In all of Milgram's obedience experiments, participants were deceived about:
how much they would actually be paid for participating in the research.
An unlikable person is likely to be perceived more ________ a group discussion of that person's qualities, and a likable person is likely to be perceived more ________ a group discussion of that person's qualities.
negatively after; positively after
By behaving in an aggressive-bullying manner, people are especially likely to increase their:
If researchers found that people take longer to identify words such as assertive and bold as "strong" when the words are associated with female faces rather than male faces, this would be considered to illustrate:
By directing the way we notice and interpret the behavior of others, stereotypes often function as:
Ever since he lost his job because he was constantly late for work, Richard has become increasingly hostile toward the "government bureaucrats who are leading the country toward bankruptcy." Richard's increasing prejudice is best explained in terms of:
Six-year-old Ezra believes that boys are better than girls, while 5-year-old Arlette believes that girls are better than boys. Their beliefs most clearly illustrate:
In one New Jersey turnpike study, African-Americans were 15 percent of the speeders, and 35 percent of the drivers stopped by police. This best illustrates:
Explicit attitudes are typically ________, whereas implicit attitudes are often ________.
Research on the effects of playing violent video games most clearly provides evidence that disconfirms the:
Research on physical attractiveness indicates that:
babies prefer attractive over unattractive faces.
Olivia, a 21-year-old college junior, is quiet, relaxed, reflective, and politically liberal. Research suggests that she would most likely become a good friend of:
Philip, who is reflective and quiet.
When 68-year-old Mrs. Blake had a flat tire on a fairly isolated highway, she received help from a passerby in less than 10 minutes. One year later, she had a flat tire on a busy freeway and an hour elapsed before someone finally stopped to offer assistance. Mrs. Blake's experience best illustrates:
the bystander effect.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy announced to the then Soviet Union that the United States would discontinue all atmospheric nuclear tests. The Soviet's positive response to this conciliatory gesture illustrated the potential value of:
When Armen first heard the hit song "Gotta Love It," he wasn't at all sure he liked it. The more often he heard it played, however, the more he enjoyed it. Armen's reaction illustrates:
the mere exposure effect.
The Plattsville blood bank is desperately in need of blood donors. Which of the following college students would most likely contribute to the blood bank, if asked?
Ardyce, who has just fallen head-over-heels in love
Our first impressions of those we meet are most likely to be determined by their:
A gradual escalation of intimacy is most positively related to a gradual escalation of: