Ψ Practice Test for
Development Across the Life Span
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1. The thinking and attitudes of many who survived the Depression of the 1930's changed them for the rest of their lives. This would be an example of a
2. If a person has one gene for blue eyes but actually has brown eyes, blue eyes must be a __________ trait.
3. In _________
syndrome, the 23rd pair of chromosomes consists of an XXX pairing, resulting in reduced masculine characteristics and excessive height.
4. Which of the following represents the fertilization process for monozygotic twins?
5. What part of an infants body is said to stay in an immature state until needed to produce more cells?
6. Based upon today's science and medicine, when does the age of viability begin?
7. Dr. Kahn measure how long baby Lyda looks at a particular simulation. The technique is know as
8. At what age can the typical infant roll over?
9. Studies of the infant brain show signs of what scientists call synaptic pruning. What occurs during this process?
10. In which of Piaget's stages does the child become capable of understanding conservation?
11. Monique says "milk" when she wants her milk from the kitchen counter. Subsequently she says "milk" after she has had a drink. Using a single phase to mean different
things is an example of
12. Which of the
following is a myth regarding immunizations?
13. In the Strange Situation __________ babies would only cry when their mother left the room but were happy upon her return.
14. What is a new explanation as to why teenagers and young adults may engage in risky and dangerous behavior?
15. Samantha enters a classroom where two students are talking. When they stop their discussion, Samantha is certain they must have been talking about her. Such a belief
is an example of
cognitive changes occurring during middle adulthood are the most noticeable?
17. Independence and self-reliance in the teenage years is most likely due
to __________ parenting.
crisis of late adulthood, according to Ericson, is
19. Which theory of aging states that unstable oxygen molecules tend to steal electrons as the bounce around, thus causing damage to surrounding cells?
20. Kip is worried that he is losing his mind because he finds himself angry at a friend who died in an automobile accident. Based on Kubler Ross's research what might you tell him?
21. A researcher decides to follow a group of children into adulthood to assess whether attachment styles formed with their parents has an effect on their intellectual growth over time. This is an example of what type of research?
22. The key to formal operational thinking is the ability to think about __________ concepts.
23. Erik Erikson's theory emphasized:
24. Which statement BEST resolves the nature-nurture controversy?
25. Which of these theorists believed that people develop through a series of stages related to age?
26. What is maturation?
27. During which stage are teratogens most dangerous?
28. What do social clocks indicate?
29. The order of the stages of dying as proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross are:
30. According to Baltes (1987), the life-span perspective has the following characteristics, EXCEPT being:
Robert C. Gates
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
- Sigmund Freud