AP Psychology Final Test

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This test is structured like the AP Exam and many of the questions are real questions from previous AP exams.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    1) If there is a .8 correlation between hand size and brain size, then there is a:
    • A. 

      A. weak positive correlation

    • B. 

      B. strong positive correlation

    • C. 

      C. weak negative correlation

    • D. 

      D. strong negative correlation

    • E. 

      E. no correlation

  • 2. 
    This man campaigned to make psychology its own separate science and made the first laboratory for psychology research. 
    • A. 

      G. Stanely Hall

    • B. 

      B. F. Skinner

    • C. 

      Sigmund Freud

    • D. 

      Wilhelm Wundt

  • 3. 
    Pete Psych examined the effects of room temperature on the effectiveness of studying. He took the first 50 students who came to school and asked them to participate in the experiment. He treated each student equally and told them what was going on. Then, pete executed the experiment and found that the closer to 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit the room was, the more effective the studying. What was Pete's error? 
    • A. 

      Social desirability bias

    • B. 

      Sampling bias

    • C. 

      Placebo effect

    • D. 

      Experimenter bias

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    The "All-or-None" law states that: 
    • A. 

      Either a neuron fires off, or it doesn't

    • B. 

      All of the hormones are released into the bloodstream at once

    • C. 

      They Synaptic Cleft absorbs every neurotransmitter or none

    • D. 

      Either all of the neurons in the Central Area are effected or none are

  • 5. 
    An Electroencephalography (EEG) studies the brain by: 
    • A. 

      Stimulating a portion of the brain with electricity and observing the effects

    • B. 

      Enhancing or suppressing activity in a particular region of the brain

    • C. 

      Monitoring electrical activity in the brain

    • D. 

      Monitoring radioactive chemicals as they flow through the blood into the brain

  • 6. 
    The part of the brain that acts as a relay system by monitoring all incoming information and sending it to the correct place
    • A. 

      Thalamus

    • B. 

      Medulla

    • C. 

      Cerebrum

    • D. 

      Pons

  • 7. 
    Ethnocentrism is: 
    • A. 

      Behavior explained in terms of Psychological processes

    • B. 

      The mental process involved in acquiring knowledge

    • C. 

      An emphasis on the unique qualities of humans

    • D. 

      Viewing ones group as superior and as the standard judging

  • 8. 
    The requirements for control group are: 
    • A. 

      Random Sampling

    • B. 

      Random Assignment

    • C. 

      Results must be due to independent variable

    • D. 

      All of the Above

  • 9. 
    In order to use deception in an experiment, the experimenter must: 
    • A. 

      Tell the participants that they will be deceived in some way

    • B. 

      Fully debrief the participant after the experiment is over

    • C. 

      Only deceive when necessary

    • D. 

      Both A & C are correct

    • E. 

      Both B & C are correct

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is not a part of the Pheripheral Nervous System? 
    • A. 

      Central Nervous System

    • B. 

      Somatic Nervous System

    • C. 

      Autonomic Nervous System

    • D. 

      Sympathetic Nervous System

  • 11. 
    When asked which of two countries has a larger population, participants are likely to judge the country that is more familiar to them as being more populous. Which of the following best explains this finding? 
    • A. 

      A means-end analysis

    • B. 

      The representativeness heuristic

    • C. 

      The availability heuristic

    • D. 

      Algorithms

    • E. 

      Inductive Reasoning

  • 12. 
    An individual with damage to Wernicke's area is most likely to have difficulty with 
    • A. 

      Identifying an object held in the hand but not seen

    • B. 

      Planning what to wear to a party

    • C. 

      Remembering the name of a person in a photograph

    • D. 

      Comprehending a spoken request for information

    • E. 

      Distinguishing between red and green

  • 13. 
    They psychoanalytic concept of repression suggests a difficulty in the functioning of which aspect of memory? 
    • A. 

      Encoding

    • B. 

      Short-term memory

    • C. 

      Procedural memory

    • D. 

      Explicit memory

    • E. 

      Retrieval

  • 14. 
    Which psychologist reported that infant attachment to another goes beyond the satisfaction of the need for nourishmnet? 
    • A. 

      Albert Bandura

    • B. 

      Jean Piaget

    • C. 

      Harry Harlow

    • D. 

      Erik Erikson

    • E. 

      Kondrad Lorenz

  • 15. 
    Edward L. Thorndike argued that responses that lead to satisfying outcomes are more likely to be repeated, and that responses followed by unpleasant outcomes are less likely to be repeated. This became known as the law of
    • A. 

      Reinforcement

    • B. 

      Associations

    • C. 

      Punishment

    • D. 

      Effect

    • E. 

      Outcomes

  • 16. 
    When trying to solve a problem, Bret uses a logical, step-by-step formula called
    • A. 

      A heuristic

    • B. 

      Incubation

    • C. 

      Insight

    • D. 

      Priming

    • E. 

      An algorithm

  • 17. 
    It is well established that certain autonomic responses such as heart rate, perspiration, and respiration change under stress. In view of the fact that people generally have stronger autonomic responses when lying than when telling the truth, it follows that the polygraph would be a foolproof approach to lie detection. Which statement best explains why the polygraph is not more widely used in courtrooms and in testing of job applicants? 
    • A. 

      Most people can avoid detection when they lie

    • B. 

      Physiological arousal is much the same for several emotions, so the polygraph cannot always reliably distinguish guilt from other reactions.

    • C. 

      A significant number of people show paradoxical autonomic reactions, responding more strongly when telling the truth than when lying.

    • D. 

      In controlled studies, the polygraph has correctly identified guilty individuals in only a small percentage of cases.

    • E. 

      The polygraph has been shown to be reliable only in highly emotional cases, such as child abuse and spying.

  • 18. 
    The principles of operant conditioning are best illustrated by 
    • A. 

      Exposing a client to anxiety-provoking stimuli

    • B. 

      Replacing a response to a stimulus with an alternative response

    • C. 

      Deep relaxation techniques

    • D. 

      A token economy to reinforce adaptive behaviors

    • E. 

      Development of intrinsic motivation

  • 19. 
    A man is feeling depressed about his inability to provide for his family after losing his job. The fact that the patient is currently unemployed is coded on which axis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR)? 
    • A. 

      Axis I

    • B. 

      Axis II

    • C. 

      Axis III

    • D. 

      Axis IV

    • E. 

      Axis V

  • 20. 
    Researchers find that there is a significant, positive correlation between the number of hours students sleep and their grades. The researcher would be justified in concluding that 
    • A. 

      Earning good grades causes people to sleep more.

    • B. 

      Sleeping more causes students to perform better in school.

    • C. 

      Students who earn good grades tend to sleep more than those who do not.

    • D. 

      More sleep has beneficial impact on students' grades.

    • E. 

      Sleep deprivation has no impact on school performance.

  • 21. 
    In phase one of a study, a researcher classically conditions a dog to salivate to the ringing of a bell. In the second phase, the researcher pairs a flashing light with the ringing of the bell. After several pairings of the light and the bell, the dog will
    • A. 

      No longer salivate when the bell is rung

    • B. 

      Only salivate when the bell is rung

    • C. 

      Salivate when the light is flashed

    • D. 

      Stop salivating when the light is flashed

    • E. 

      Salivate when the researcher comes into the room

  • 22. 
    Jason is attending a parade that features the local high school band. Jason's friend Brent plays the trombone in the band. It is difficult for Jason to hear Brent play at the parade. Which of the following would best allow Jason to hear Brent's trombone? 
    • A. 

      Sensory adaptation

    • B. 

      Selective attention

    • C. 

      Perceptual constancy

    • D. 

      Weber's law

    • E. 

      Functional fixedness

  • 23. 
    In psychological research, which of the following is most appropriate for identifying cause and effect? 
    • A. 

      Participant observation

    • B. 

      Survey methodology

    • C. 

      Case study

    • D. 

      Experimentation

    • E. 

      Correlational techniques

  • 24. 
    The region of the brain most involved in the experience of emotions is the 
    • A. 

      Cerebellum

    • B. 

      Basal Ganglia

    • C. 

      Limbic System

    • D. 

      Reticular Activating System

    • E. 

      Parasympathetic Nervous System

  • 25. 
    Which part of the cerebral cortex receives information about temperature, pressure, touch, and pain? 
    • A. 

      Motor cortex

    • B. 

      Prefrontal cortex

    • C. 

      Temporal lobe

    • D. 

      Occipital lobe

    • E. 

      Parietal lobe

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