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Lecture 1

PSYO 3161 Lecture 1: Class 1 Study Questions

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PSYO 3161

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Psychology/Neuroscience 3161.03 F
Measuring Behaviour
Study Questions Class 1
The purpose of the study questions is to focus your attention on the aspects of the lectures and
readings that I think are the most important.
I will take some (but not all) of the exam questions from the study questions or similar questions,
so answering these questions will help you to study.
I will not be going over the answers in class, nor will I provide you with them, so you might
want to form study groups to discuss your answers to the questions.
1. Can there be "pure" observation, or is all observation biased? (2)
2. What is the difference between gaining knowledge by observation and measurement
versus "unquestioned authority"? (2)
3. Why is it so difficult to determine what constitutes behavior (Levitis et al, 2009)? (2)
4. How does Levitis et al. (2009) finally define behaviour (27 words)? Do you agree with
their definition? Why? (3)
5. What is your definition of behaviour (50 words or less)? (2)
6. Are each of the following examples of "behaviour"? Answer yes or no and give the
reasons why, based on the paper of Levitas et al, 2009. (2 each)
a. A dog salivates in anticipation of feeding time.
b. A horse becomes arthritic with age.
c. A person decides not to do anything tomorrow if it rains.
d. A beetle is swept away by a strong current.
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