multiple-choice questions in psychology
Among the advanced technologies used to study the brain’s structure and functions, which one provides detailed three-dimensional images of the brain’s structures and activities?
A. Transcranial magnetic stimulation
B. Positron emission tomography
C. Functional magnetic resonance imaging D. Electroencephalogram
2. In conducting an experiment, the experimenter divides a sample group of 60 children into two groups of 30 called group
A and group B. To make sure the two groups are similar in terms of age, IQ, and so on, the experimenter will assign people
to either group A or B using a/an ________ assignment procedure, such as a coin toss, where heads sends a subject to group
A and tails sends a subject to group B.
A. experimental B. independent C. random
3. Within the cerebral cortex, the _______ area is found in the occipital lobe. A. visual
D. main auditory
4. Among his oil-field buddies, Conrad was known as a cheerfully profane hard drinker who was seldom averse to a barroom
scrap. But, after he suffered a head injury in a car accident he returned to work as a docile, timid man who could no
longer deal with the violent activity of a drill rig platform. His physicians determined that damage to his __________ was
the likely cause of his changed behavior.
B. hippocampus C. amygdala
5. The left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex is more specialized in language functions and processing information
sequentially. The right hemisphere tends to specialize in spatial perception and distinguishing patterns. These are
examples of cortex
￼￼￼A. neuroplasticity. B. lateralization. C. evolution.
6. In the autonomic division of the nervous system, preparing the body for action under conditions of stress is to the
sympathetic division as pupil dilation and inhibited digestive processes are to the _______ division.
C. peripheral-autonomous D. peripheral-somatic
7. Which of the following statements regarding taste and smell is true? A. Taste buds wear out and are replaced about
every 25 days.
B. People often have a very short memory of smells.
C. So-called supertasters may be inclined to obesity.
D. Women tend to have a better sense of smell than men.
8. Lorraine and Albert are discussing neurotransmitters, getting ready for an exam. Lorraine maintains that neuronal
dendrites sort excitatory and inhibitory messages through a process of elimination dictated by reuptake activity. Albert,
on the other hand, argues that inhibitory messages always cancel out excitatory messages. Who is correct?
A. Albert is correct.
B. Both Lorraine and Albert are correct. C. Neither Lorraine nor Albert is correct. D. Lorraine is correct.
9. Dr. Jones is interested in how human behavior may be genetically inherited from remote ancestors, such as chimpanzees.
Her field of interest is
A. evolutionary psychology. B. behavioral genetics.
C. chemical psychobiology. D. clinical neuropsychology.
10. Under Weber’s law, we’ll notice a stimulus difference such that it will be a constant proportion of the intensity of
the initial stimulus. Thus, for weight, we’ll notice a one-ounce difference in a weight of 50 ounces. Weber’s law applies
most directly to the concept of
A. perceived stimulus. B. absolute threshold. C. difference threshold. D. sensory adaptation.
11. Regarding the trichromatic theory of color vision, which statement is most accurate?
￼A. Specialized cells in the retina engage in a process called feature detection.
B. Specialized cells in the retina are sensitive to blue-violet, green, and yellow.
C. The theory maintains that receptor cells are grouped in pairs, such as black-white. D. The theory helps us understand
why we see afterimages of different colors.
12. Which of the following statements regarding depth perception is true? A. Texture gradient is a monocular cue.
B. Experience teaches us to perceive relative size as an indicator of the color of an object. C. Motion parallax is
detected because we perceive binocular disparity.
D. The change in position of an object relative to the retina is a binocular cue.
13. You’ll need to select a sample that represents a larger group when you’re conducting A. a case study.
B. archival research.
C. survey research.
D. naturalistic observation.
14. Which of the following statements regarding processing is true?
A. Top-down processing is a process of recognizing and processing components of a pattern. B. Bottom-up processing allows
us to fill in the gaps in an incomplete or ambiguous pattern. C. Top-down processing allows us to fill in the gaps in an
incomplete or ambiguous pattern. D. Bottom-up processing is guided by experience, expectations, and motivations.
15. Rods are to light intensity as cones are to A. the iris.
B. the optic nerve.
C. the retina.
D. color perception.
16. Agatha maintains that people are capable of freely making voluntary choices. Constance is mainly focused on how
aggression is caused by genetic inheritance. It seems reasonable to assume that Constance is not much interested in
environmental factors impacting behavior while Agatha rejects
B. mental processes. C. heredity.
17. Regarding the association areas of the cerebral cortex, which of the following statements is most accurate?
A. Association areas are to thinking as neuroplasticity is to language.
B. Changes in personality may indicate damage to the association areas. C. Most association areas are located in the left
cerebral hemisphere. D. The association areas are largely responsible for neurogenesis.
￼18. In the ear, the basilar membrane and hair cells are found in the A. oval window.
B. auditory nerve.
C. anvil and stirrup.
19. By means of introspection, Dr. Marsh attempts to determine the components of things like perception, thinking, and
consciousness. By contrast, Dr. Smyth wants to understand what the mind does in producing different kinds of behavior. We
can reasonably assume that Dr. Marsh’s research is mainly guided by the principles of
A. Gestalt psychology. B. functionalism.
20. According to a Gestalt principle called _______, when we’re looking at a crowd of people, we tend to perceive people
grouped close together as belonging to a common or related group.
A. simplicity B. closure
C. expectancy D. proximity
21. Dr. Lombard’s research is focused on the capacity of the human mind to store and retrieve information. Her colleague,
Dr. Fry, is a clinician who strives to help his clients be “the best that they can be.” As a fly on the wall listening to
the two psychologists’ friendly disputes during coffee breaks, which of these assertions would you most likely expect from
A. People can’t be held responsible for their life choices.
B. A person’s basic assumptions about themselves are inevitably false.
C. Mental confusion is best compared to a deficiency in short-term memory. D. If biology is destiny the concept of free
will can be only an illusion.
22. A clinical experiment is designed in such a way that neither the researchers dispensing a treatment nor the persons in
the experimental or control groups know if they’re getting a sugar pill or a new drug. This sort of experimental design is
employing a/an _______ procedure.
B. reverse psychology
D. experimenter expectations
23. In his research, Dr. Caulfield wants to compare levels of test anxiety among high school students in grades 10 and 12.
His hypothesis is that seniors will have higher levels of test anxiety than sophomores will. His _______ definition of
test anxiety for each person in his sample will be a self-reported test-anxiety level, marked in a questionnaire as
“high,” “moderate,” or “low.”
B. theoretical C. functional D. operational
24. I study a sample of 100 high school students and find that student IQ scores increase significantly as the level of
reported parental income increases. I can conclude from this that
A. there’s a negative relationship between parental income and children’s IQ scores. B. there’s a positive correlation
between parental income and children’s IQ scores. C. higher parental income causes an increase in children’s IQ scores.
D. students get smarter when their parents earn more money.
25. Jason argues that the pituitary gland’s main purpose is regulating the activity of other glands in the body. Barbara
maintains that the pituitary gland also regulates growth. Who is correct?
A. Neither Jason nor Barbara is correct. B. Barbara is correct.
C. Jason is correct.
D. Both Jason and Barbara are correct.