Psych Example Questions

Ally is driving down a dark country road when she catches a glimpse of something on the side of the road. Thanks to her _____ ______of visual perception, Ally recognizes that the object is moving in her direction. (2 words)
dorsal stream
There was a patient DF. Her lower temporal lobes were damaged in the visual cortex area. What can't she do?
she can't identify objects anymore
Even though a friend may change hairstyle and colour, we can both notice the differences and recognize our friend because of _____ _____ (2 words)
perceptual constancy
Kevin correctly judged that his car was parked farther from his classroom than his friend's car because he perceived his car as smaller than his friend's car. His brain was making use of a monocular cue called
relative size
Railways tracks seem to converge in the distance, an example of the monocular depth cue known as ...
linear perspective
Because the brown bear is partially obscured by the car Nick assumes that the car is closer to him than the bear. Nick is depending on the cue called
Misty is standing at the edge of a field of flowers. She perceives the flowers lower in her visual field as closer than the flower higher in her visual field due to
relative height in the image
As illustrated by the Ames room illusion, if you perceive that two objects - "A" and "B" are an equal distance from you, yet object a casts "A" larger image on your retina you will conclude that
object A is larger
The successively flashing lights of a Las Vegas casino produce a perceptual response similar to that of an animated movie, meaning that it is apparent movie. It is just flashing lights that produce a perceptual response because of the
phi phenomenon
As the number of cycles per second of a soundwave increases, we experience a
higher pitch sound
Sound wave frequency is to pitch as ______ is to _____
amplitude, loudness
You hear the same note played at the same loudness by a flute and by a trumpet. What do you experience?
different sound qualities
What causes the ear drum to vibrate?
sound waves
Which of the following sequences lists the parts of the human ear in the order in which sound waves travel through them from the environment?
pinna, auditory canal, ear drum, ossicles, cochlea, (hair cells), auditory nerve, brain.
Hammer, anvil, and stirrup are known collectively as the
Specialized auditory receptor neurons embedded in the basilar membrane are called
hair cells
The cochlea resembles a
The portion of the temporal lobe that contains the primary auditory cortex is
Wherever the cochlea is wide, the basilar membrane is narrow. Wherever the cochlea is narrow, the basilar membrane is
Cochlear base is to cochlear tip as ______ is to _______.
high frequency, low frequency
When Taylor stepped on a piece of broken glass at the beach, she initially felt a sudden stinging pain which was transmitted by her
A-delta fibres
When Brent was stung by a jellyfish at the beach, the throbbing dull pain he still felt hours later was carried by
C fibres
A mismatch between information processed by visual feedback and information processed by vestibular cues can cause
motion sickness
Your friend tells you her phone number. Hearing, thinking about, and translating the phone number to place it in your memory is an example of en
You learn French in high school ten years ago. You travel to Paris and at the airport a customs officer asks you a question in French. You recall the correct answer from your study of the language and answer the officer. This is an example of one of the functions of memory called
When Paul studies for a psychology test, he tries to remember important terms by relating them to his past experiences and knowledge. He is using the strategy of
elaborative encoding
Anthony is given a list of 20 objects to memorize in order. Anthony imagines a walk from home to school and pictures one of the objects on each street corner, an example of
visual encoding
When you are at the supermarket, you find it much easier to remember the food items you need when you put them into the groups of fruit, veggies, and meat. The process you are using to create and recall memories is
organizational encoding
While cramming for a psychology exam, Hannah finds that if she thinks about the meaning of terms and tries to use them in examples, she learns them much better. What is the technique Hannah is using to improve her memory of the terms?
semantic judgments
During semantic judgments, the _________ is active. (4 words)
lower left frontal lobe
During organizational judgments, the_______ is active (4 words)
upper left frontal lobe
During visual judgments, the _________ is active. (2 words)
occiptal lobe
Jorge uses semantic judgment in encoding a set of new terms he encountered in his biology class. MRI studies reveal that the part of his brain likely to be most active during this process is the
frontal lobe
Brittany is daydreaming in class when her instructor asks her a question. Brittany finds herself replaying in her mind's ear the instructor's last words, taking advantage of a process called
echoic memory
Steven asked me a question while we were eating dinner at the dining hall. Just after he finished asking the question, my attention was distracted by Thomas who stood up, walked to the dessert table, and came back with my favourite cheesecake. While I was looking at Thomas' plate, I turned back to Steven; however, I no longer could remember what he asked me just 45 seconds earlier. The reason I could no longer remember was probably that the memory was lost from the
short term memory store
Short term memory can hold approximately _ meaningful items.
A second grade teacher gave her students some homework. The homework was to learn as many digits as possible of the math constant pi. The student who memorized the most digits for the next day would receive a reward. Which piece of advice would most help the students with their homework?
chunk the digits together
Short term memory is to working memory as ____ is to _____
place, process
The case of HM is a documented case of a patient whose speech skills and intelligence were unaffected by the removal of parts of his temporal lobes but who could not form new long term memory. Which disorder did HM have?
anterograde amnesia
Lyndsay's epileptic seizures were becoming such a problem that her mother decided that the brain surgery her doctor had recommended was the best way to stop the seizures. During the operation, the hippocampus and adjacent structures of the medial temporal lobe would be removed. Lyndsay suffered a terrible consequence as a result of the surgery. She could not remember anything that happened prior to the operation. This condition is called
retrograde amnesia
The brain structure that is believed to act as an index linking information together is the
Damage to the hippocampus would be least likely to cause a 30 year old male to forget:
make and model of his car at 16
Professor B. Slate develops a drug that can erase specific memories of traumatic experiences. When should this drug be administered? (when he is doing what)
when the patient is recalling the traumatic experience
Short term storage is to long term storage as enhanced neurotransmitter release is to
growth of new synapses
Which of the following neurotransmitters binds to the NMDA receptor site and excites the post synaptic neuron?
While sitting at the table, Jenna thought of an extremely funny joke. She walked into the living room to call her best friend Cynthia. Unfortunately, on her way there she forgot the punch line of the joke. To help herself remember, she went back to the kitchen table and remembered the line. What helped jog Jenna's memory?
encoding specificity
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Whenever Andrea goes to the library to study she always takes a red bull energy drink with her and drinks it while she studies. As the semester progresses, she notices that she does considerably better on an exam when she drinks a red bull during the exam. She does better because of
state dependence retrieval
Monique wanted to find a fun way to help her students prepare for their forthcoming history exam. She decided to create a game show with questions about different countries and their governments. What type of memory is this associated with
semantic memory
Tara, a professional ice skater, had a bad accident that resulted in some memory loss. However, after she was released from the hospital she could skate as well as before. Although she could not remember when and how she learned to skate, her skating proficiency was intact. This success is probably due to what kind of memory (implicit)
procedural memory
After watching a program about the Revolutionary war, participants were more likely to remember that Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electricity even though this was not discussed in the program due to
Conceptual priming is to perceptual priming as the frontal lobe is to the
visual cortex
Someone shown a picture of Babe Ruth then asked to complete the word ball will be more likely to respond baseball than football or basketball, illustrating this is
conceptual priming
Rachel was asked the following questions: What is the biggest celebration you have ever attended, when does Labour Day occur. Rachel answered that the biggest celebration she had ever attended was her brothers bar mitzvah and that Labour Day was the first Monday in September. Her answers to both questions were part of her _____ memory. (explicit or implicit)
Hafa just completed a course in calculus. Based on knowledge about the curve of forgetting, we can predict that most of what Hafa will forget about calculus will occur
shortly after completing the course
Betty loved her college days and remembers everything about the campus. When she goes back for Homecoming however, she gets lost trying to find East Hall. Betty is probably experiencing the
transcience of memory
The impairment of memory for recently learned information by previously learned information is known as
proactive experience
The impairment of memory for previously learned information by newly learned information is known as
retroactive interference
Michelle, whose first language is Spanish, is currently learning French in college. When she goes to see her Spanish speaking grandmother, she inserts French words into her Spanish. Michelle is experiencing
retroactive interference
In contemplating her busy schedule over breakfast, Professor Morgan forgets that she has to meet with a textbook representative at 2 pm, illustrating a failure in?
prospective memory due to absent mindedness.
Danielle is playing Trivial Pursuit and is asked to name the 7 castaways on Gilligan's Island. She names all but one. She feels sure she knows the name and thinks the first initial is G, but she cannot come up with the answer. Danielle is experiencing a kind of blocking which is called the
tip of the tongue phenomenon
In 1995 the Murray Federal Building in Oklahoma was bombed in an act of terrorism. The police sketch shows john Doe 2 who was originally thought to have been the culprit Timothy McVeigh's partner. It was alter determined the witness confused the different memories of the men. This is due to
memory misattribution
Maria was certain she recognized the waiter at the restaurant but in fact she had never seen him before. This type of memory misattribution is known as
false recognition
Chad recalls that Jack the Ripper was a serial killer who terrorized London in 1888 but he has no idea if he originally learned this info from a book, the TV, a movie, or a story from another person. Chad is experiencing a failure of
source memory
3 weeks ago, Sandra came home to find an armed robber in the house. When she walked in the door, the man pushed past her and fled the premises. Sandra's sister, Amy, was unloading groceries from the car and said she thought the man had wavy black hair. When Sandra goes in to view a lineup, the man who robbed her is in the lineup; however, Sandra picks a similar man who has wavy black hair instead of the robbers light brown hair. Her mistake illustrated the concept of
Sam recalls the football team of his University days and the great season the team had in his senior year. In fact, the record was a losing one - the first in many years. Sam's memory of it as more successful than it actually was is probably due to
When Keith was asked to recall how he felt at the beginning of his current relationship with his wife Jonie, his recollections were more similar to his present day feelings than they actually were at the time. This illustrates the memory phenomenon known as
consistency bias
Sometimes we exaggerate the difference between what we feel or believe now and what we felt or believed in the past. This phenomenon is knows as
change bias
After a near fatal collision with an 18-wheeler, Penelope was unable to think about anything else for many months. She suffered the memory phenomenon known as
___________ involves making direct observations of the world whereas _______involves relying on assumptions and beliefs about the world.
empiricism, dogmatism
Professor Kim creates a frequency distribution of exam scores from her class of 300 students. Possible scores on the exam ranged from 0 to 100. What should be displayed on the X and Y axis?
X axis each possible score, Y axis frequency of each score
Five extremely tall members on the college basketball team are among 30 students in an intro psych class. If I a frequency distribution of height was taken the distribution would be
positively skewed
If the dean wants to measure the research productivity of the seven members of the psychology department, which mode of measurement would paint a misleading picture of the research productivity of the department.
Billy bobs big burger barn is your favorite restaurant, and lately you've noticed that everytime you walk by there on your way to class you mouth starts to salivate. In this incidence of classical conditioning the sight of the _____ is the CS, your_____ is the CR.
restaurant, salivation
When a drug of abuse such as heroine is injected the entire setting [the drug paraphernalia] (the needles, the room, the lighting, etc) can become a _________and illicit responses in opposition to the drug. (type of stimulus)
conditioned stimulus
What happens to you If you take a drug in a new setting where there Is no conditioned stimuli
possible death
Accustomed to the sound of the old can opener, your cat still rushes to her food dish even when she hears the sound of the new can opener for the first time. Your cat is exhibiting ___________ because the old can opener is the old CS and the new can opener is the new CS but is similar enough to the old CS that the cat produces the CR to the new CS even though it's never heard it before.
Your new blender makes a sound somewhat similar to the can opener, but your cat doesn't even get up. She is exhibiting _______
9 month old Albert cried when a large steel bar was struck with a hammer at the same time he was presented with a white rat. In this acquisition phase, the white rat was the (ype of stimulus)
conditioned stimulus
Not only did Little Albert learn to fear white rats, he also cried when presented with a Santa Claus mask or a seal fur coat. This behaviour was the result of
stimulus generalization
You usually don't eat sushi but you try it again one day. You do like and regularly consume chocolate cake which you eat after the sushi. Later that night you get sick to your stomach. According to the Restorla/Wagner model, what is the most likely outcome?
avoiding sushi in the future
Which of the following groups of people could acquire a conditioned response under trace conditioning?
people in a vegetated state
What principle describes why the taste and smell stimuli that produce food aversions in rats do not work with most species of birds?
biological preparedness
Every time Kacie the dog whine, her owners give her a doggie treat. As a result of her clueless owners, Kacie is a very whiny dog, illustrating the effect of
operant conditioning
reinforcement is always
punishment is always