Here are some questions concerning common misconceptions:
1. Schizophrenia is:
- a. possessing multiple personalities.
- b. associated with violent outbursts and huge mood swings.
- c. a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior.
2. Which saying best represents the research on physical attraction and dating?
- a. Opposites attract.
- b. Birds of a feather flock together.
- c. My strengths compensate for your weaknesses (and vice versa).
3. Lie detector tests (polygraphs) are:
- a. 90% accurate.
- b. can only be beaten by psychopaths.
- c. are prone to error, particularly for innocent people who are viewed as guilty.
4. When it comes to our brains:
- a. everything we experience is stored in it, but we can’t retrieve much of it.
- b. we only use about 10%; much of the rest of our brain is silent.
- c. research shows that there are no silent areas of the brain.
5. Hypnotized people are most like:
- a. people who are asleep.
- b. people who are awake and alert.
- c. robots who are unaware of what is going on around them.
True or False?
6. The best way to get rid of anger and aggression is through sports or hitting a punching bag.
7. Human memory works like a video camera, recording everything we experience.
8. The happy worker is the productive worker.
9. The insanity defense is used in less than 1% of criminal trials.
10. Attractive people are believed to be smarter and more successful than unattractive people.
Here are the really tough questions:
11. A researcher finds a correlation between children’s TV viewing and lowered reading scores. This means that:
- a. TV viewing is harmful and causes students to be lazy.
- b. Poor parenting is the likely explanation.
- c. Less intelligent children are more likely to watch TV than to read.
- d. The correlation does not allow us to make a causal determination.
12. Young children are often unable to distinguish others' perspectives from their own. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, this is an example of:
- a. concrete-operational thinking.
- b. limits to short-term memory.
- c. poor ego development.
- d. pervasive egocentrism.
13. A farmworker is paid for every bushel of fruit that is picked. In terms of reinforcement theory, the worker is being paid on:
- a. an intermittent reinforcement schedule.
- b. a fixed interval schedule.
- c. a fixed ratio schedule.
- d. a variable interval schedule.
14. In a darkened room, a fixed pinpoint of light appears to move. This is called:
- a. the Purkinje reflex.
- b. the Ponzo illusion.
- c. the autokinetic effect.
- d. the optic motion theory.
15. A lesion in the Broca’s area of the frontal cortex of the brain will likely result in:
- a. expressive aphasia.
- b. apraxia.
- c. alexia.
- d. visual agnosia.
1. C, 2. B, 3. C, 4. C, 5. B
6. F, 7. F, 8. F, 9. T, 10. T
11. D, 12. D, 13. C, 14. C, 15. A.
- Less than 8: Time to retake Psychology 101
- 8-10: Pretty good; you're ready for an upper-level course
- 11-12: You may be smarter than a freshman psychology major
- More than 13: You're a genius—of course, we’re not using “genius” in the scientific sense...
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