Developmental Psychology MCQs With Answers

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  • 1. 
    Dr. Matsuko's major research interest is the long-term effects of child-rearing practices on the psychological adjustment of offspring. It is most likely that Dr. Matsuko is a(n) ________ psychologist. 
    • A. 

      Cognitive

    • B. 

      Developmental

    • C. 

      Behavioral

    • D. 

      Psychodynamic

    • E. 

      Educational

  • 2. 
    The notion that development occurs in stages
    • A. 

      Assumes the learning perspective

    • B. 

      Is supported by interactionist theory

    • C. 

      Is consistent with the process of cumulative action

    • D. 

      Assumes that behavior is mainly determined by behavior

    • E. 

      Endorses the discontinuity view

  • 3. 
    The correct order of the three stages of human prenatal development are
    • A. 

      Differentiation, implantation, strengthening

    • B. 

      Embryo, zygote, fetus

    • C. 

      Placental, umbilical, embryonic

    • D. 

      Embryonic, placental, umbilical

    • E. 

      Zygote, embryo, fetus

  • 4. 
    Among the most common teratogens are
    • A. 

      Clay and pebbles

    • B. 

      Nicotine and alcohol

    • C. 

      Morphemes and phonemes

    • D. 

      Caffeine and glucose

    • E. 

      LSD and thalidomide

  • 5. 
    The intense, enduring, social-emotional relationship that develops between a child and a caregiver is termed
    • A. 

      Imprinting

    • B. 

      Intimacy

    • C. 

      Attachment

    • D. 

      Menarche

    • E. 

      Temperament

  • 6. 
    In the Looney Toons cartoon, when the little Chick follows Fog Horn Leg Horn around, believing that he is the chicks mother, __________ could be said to have taken place.
    • A. 

      Menarche

    • B. 

      Imprinting

    • C. 

      Assimilation

    • D. 

      Centration

    • E. 

      Discontinuity

  • 7. 
    The importance of schemas was most clearly highlighted by: 
    • A. 

      Erikson's psychosocial development theory.

    • B. 

      Piaget's cognitive development theory.

    • C. 

      Harlow's attachment theory.

    • D. 

      Kohlberg's moral development theory.

  • 8. 
    After Nadia learned that penguins can't fly, she had to modify her existing concept of birds. This best illustrates the process of:
    • A. 

      Conservation

    • B. 

      Attachment

    • C. 

      Assimilation

    • D. 

      Habituation

    • E. 

      Accommodation

  • 9. 
    Joey is watching a horse race.  He knows that his dog at home has four legs, a tail, and fur.  When he sees the horses, he shouts out “Doggies.”  Joey is demonstrating
    • A. 

      Assimilation

    • B. 

      Accommodation

    • C. 

      Conservation

    • D. 

      Irreversibility

  • 10. 
    The correct sequence of Piaget’s stages of cognitive development are
    • A. 

      Preoperational, sensorimotor, concrete operational, formal operational

    • B. 

      Preoperational, concrete operational, sensorimotor, formal operational

    • C. 

      Sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, formal operational

    • D. 

      Sensorimotor, preoperational, conventional, postconventional

  • 11. 
    Johnny is playing in his crib when his teddy bear Mr. Peeps falls under the crib.  Johnny cries knowing that Mr. Peeps exists somewhere.  Johnny is demonstrating
    • A. 

      Centration

    • B. 

      Object permanence

    • C. 

      Reversibility

    • D. 

      Egocentrism

  • 12. 
    Two closed, pyramid-shaped beakers containing clearly identical amounts of a liquid are suddenly judged by a child to hold different amounts after one of the beakers is inverted. The child apparently lacks a: 
    • A. 

      Sense of object permanence.

    • B. 

      Concept of conservation.

    • C. 

      Capacity for habituation.

    • D. 

      Secure attachment.

  • 13. 
    Eddie’s parents often include him in decisions such as curfew and chores around the house.  Once a decision is made, the rules are enforced.  Eddie’s parents are using a(n)______ parenting style.
    • A. 

      Authoritative

    • B. 

      Authoritarian

    • C. 

      Permissive

    • D. 

      Uninvolved

  • 14. 
    The first stage of Erikson’s psychosocial theory involves an infant’s need to
    • A. 

      Develop a basic sense of trust.

    • B. 

      Explore and manipulate objects.

    • C. 

      Initiate intellectual or motor tasks.

    • D. 

      Receive food necessary for survival.

  • 15. 
    Which of Piaget’s stages is associated with adolescence?
    • A. 

      Sensorimotor

    • B. 

      Formal operational

    • C. 

      Preoperational

    • D. 

      Concrete operational

  • 16. 
    Jarred thinks he should obey his teachers only if they are carefully watching him. Kohlberg would suggest that Jarred demonstrates a(n) ________ morality. 
    • A. 

      Conventional

    • B. 

      Unconventional

    • C. 

      Preconventional

    • D. 

      Postconventional

  • 17. 
    The process of developing a sense of identity during adolescence was highlighted by: 
    • A. 

      Erikson's psychosocial development theory.

    • B. 

      Piaget's cognitive development theory.

    • C. 

      Kohlberg's moral development theory.

    • D. 

      Harlow's attachment theory.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is the best research method for developmental psychologists?
    • A. 

      Case study

    • B. 

      Experiment

    • C. 

      Survey

    • D. 

      Longitudinal study

    • E. 

      Cross-sectional

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