PSY100H1 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Reticular Formation, Lateral Geniculate Nucleus, Doomsday Cult

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PSY100 Practice Questions for Test #1
1. A weatherman is standing outside in a terrible hurricane, when the wind launches
a giant piece of metal into the side of his head, above his right ear. This likely
damaged his:
a. Temporal lobe
b. Occipital lobe
c. Parietal lobe
d. Frontal lobe
2. Damage to this area of the weatherman’s brain (see previous the question), would
likely lead to problems with:
a. Vision
b. Object recognition
c. Hearing
d. Touch
3. In class, Prof. Waggoner Denton described a research study in which a number of
social psychologists joined a doomsday cult (“the Seekers”) in order to see what
would happen when the world did not actually end. This was an example of:
a. A correlational study
b. The experimenter expectancy effect
c. Descriptive research
d. A self-report measure
4. In the movie Limitless, Bradley Cooper’s character takes a drug commonly
referred to as a nootropic. This drug made him “sharper,” increasing his ability to
maintain attention levels and focus. It also enhanced his ability to plan his actions
several steps ahead. In which brain areas did this drug most likely enhance
activity?
a. The reticular activating system, the occipital lobes, and the spinal cord
b. The frontal lobes, the reticular activating system, and the thalamus
c. The thalamus, the temporal lobes, and the hypothalamus
d. The lateral geniculate nucleus, the basal ganglia, and the cerebellum
5. Something that can be measured or manipulated by an experimenter is
considered:
a. a variable
b. a descriptive statistic
c. a confound
d. a subject/participant
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6. Samir is conducting a correlational study, and he cannot determine whether one
variable causes another. One reason is that the additional variables that he did not
study could influence the variables he did study. This reflects the:
a. directionality problem
b. the third variable problem
c. response accuracy
d. the occurrence of random error
7. What structure allows neurons to communicate over longer distances?
a. dendrites
b. terminal buttons
c. schwann cells
d. axon
8. When researchers document that a phenomenon is real by repeating a study done
by another scientist, they are engaging in:
a. meta-analysis
b. replication
c. experience sampling
d. correlational research
9. A psychologist wants to create two groups that are as similar as possible at the
beginning of an experiment. To do this, she should use:
a. random sampling
b. participant assignment
c. a double-blind study
d. random assignment
10. The cross-sensory experience of tasting a visual image or seeing particular words
in colour is called:
a. The Stroop effect
b. Somatothesia
c. Synesthesia
d. Multimodal integration
11. A motor neuron ________, whereas a sensory neuron ________.
a. communicates electrically; communicates chemically
b. is efferent; is afferent
c. communicates chemically; communicates electrically
d. is afferent; is efferent
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Psy100 practice questions for test #1: a weatherman is standing outside in a terrible hurricane, when the wind launches a giant piece of metal into the side of his head, above his right ear. This was an example of: a correlational study, the experimenter expectancy effect, descriptive research, a self-report measure, in the movie limitless, bradley cooper"s character takes a drug commonly referred to as a nootropic. This drug made him sharper, increasing his ability to maintain attention levels and focus. It also enhanced his ability to plan his actions several steps ahead. One reason is that the additional variables that he did not study could influence the variables he did study. The child had vision prior to the accident, but because of a blow to the head, she can no longer see. He decides to talk to a group of 40 tulips each day for six weeks. A second group is not talked to at all.

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