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PSYCH 101 Midterm: PSYCH 101 Midterm 2 Study

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Stephanie Denison
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The exam should take less than 1 hour to complete, but you will have approximately 1 hour and
10 minutes during our usual class time.
Beginning on page 2 of this document, you will find a list of topics and relevant reading (exactly
as is written in your syllabus) for the midterm, as well as a guide with focus questions.
The exam will consist of 42 Multiple Choice items, worth 1 point each and two written
questions, worth a total of 8 points. These will mostly be fill-in-the-blanks but you will be
required to provide a couple of one to two sentence explanations as well.
One written question will ask about parenting and how it relates to identity formation in
One written question will ask about either Classical or Operant Conditioning. Make sure you
remember all of the key terms associated with the main learning procedures in each of these and
try to come up with examples of how you might be able to train particular behaviours.
I will also put up a few practice questions for the Multiple Choice before the weekend.
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The Multiple-Choice portion of your exam will consist of 42 questions, each with 4 possible
answers (some items may have 5 options). You will be asked to choose the best answer for each
question. This guide provides an aid for studying lecture content and a breakdown of the number
of MC questions from each topic.
Note that I do not provide a guide for studying the textbook material, as you can create this
yourself using the hierarchical structure of the book and the bold and italicized terms. For the
textbook, you should be focusing on definitions of key terms and the main ideas in each section.
Don’t forget that sections of the textbook that include material not discussed in class are
TESTABLE as this is a major component of what you are meant to learn in this class.
Number of questions
Reading assignment
Developmental Psychology
Chapter 11
pgs 413-442 but skip Physical
Cognitive Psychology (knowledge
No assigned reading
Cognitive Psychology
Chapter 9
full chapter
Chapter 6
pgs 195 212
When thinking about this breakdown, also keep in mind that one written question will come from
Developmental Psychology and one written question will come from Knowledge Acquisition.
From the lecture Dev. Psych. 1:
What are the three perspectives on development and how do they differ?
Understand the nature/nurture debate and the traditional perspectives on these.
What is the Doctrine of interactionism?
Know the definition of cognitive development.
What processes does Piaget identify as important in leading to cognitive development?
Know Piaget’s stages of development and the milestones that children need to achieve to
move to the next stage. What do we know about many of these milestones now?
How has research changed our understanding of cognitive development post-Piaget?
o What do we now know about probability that Piaget didn’t know? How have
researchers tested that?
What are some of the different types of experiments that we can do with infants?
What is Theory of Mind?
Can you explain how we know that children transition from reasoning about minds first
based on desires and then based on beliefs (i.e., describe the experiments)?
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