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Self Test Self Test for the
introduction to Social Psychology!

Ψ  Note: These questions are part of a larger data base of questions on Chapter 1. The questions are selected to represent the type of question you should expect on unit exam one. You can, in fact, expect to see many of these very same questions on that exam. Exam questions, however, may deal with topics not covered in the self tests or in lectures but are discussed in your textbook. You are responsible for the content of your text book plus the content of lectures, interactive activities, & material on the web site.

    Use these sample questions to test yourself & to practice for the test. Click on your choice to see if you are right.

1.  Which of the following terms implies testable predictions?

•  Theory
 •  Hypotheses
  •  Realism
   •  Dogma

2.  A "good" theory makes clear predictions, that we can use to

•  generate a new exploration.
 •  confirm or modify the theory.
  •  suggest practical applications.
   •  all of the above

3.  If you found a perfect positive correlation between a predictor variable (A) & an outcome variable (Y), which of the following conclusions would be appropriate?

•  either A causes Y, or Y causes A
 •  A causes Y
  •  Y causes A
   •  none of the above

4.  You conduct a study investigating the relationship between hours of physical exercise per week (A) & hours of television watched per week (B). You find a general trend in your results: people who watch less TV tend to spend more time exercising. This is an example of a _____ relationship between variables A & B.

•  lack of
 •  positive
  •  negative
   •  case where the direction of the relationship depends on whether A or B is plotted on the x-axis. The direction fixes the

5.  You conduct a investigation into the relationship between study time & performance on a statistics exam. You find that, as study time increases, performance on the exam also tends to increase. A possible value for your correlation coefficient in this case would be

•  - 1.00
 •  - 0.50
  •  0.00
   •  0.50

6.  Asks whether two or more factors are naturally associated.

•  naturalistic research
 •  quantitative research
  •  correlational research
     experimental research

7.  The degree to which an experiment absorbs & involves its participants is called

•  field realism.
 •  mundane realism.
  •  everyday realism.
   •  experimental realism.

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8.  The degree to which an experiment is superficially similar to everyday situations is called

•  field realism.
 •  mundane realism.
  •  everyday realism.
   •  experimental realism.

9.  Which of the following ethical principles dealing with research has an exception not noted?

•  Protect people from harm & significant discomfort.
 •  Fully explain the experiment afterward, including any deception.
  •  Provide enough information for the participant to make informed consent.
   •  Be truthful. Use deception only if essential & justified by a significant purpose & not about aspects that would affect their willingness to participate.

10.  Hindsight bias

•  is not known as the I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon.
 •  is never conductive to arrogance.
  •  comes after learning an outcome.
   •  is the same thing as common sense.

11. Research on hindsight bias indicates that:

•  people are very good at making predictions about events that have not yet occurred.
 •  people who do not know the outcome of an event will wait until it occurs before making a prediction.
   •  people who already know the outcome of an event tend to overestimate the predictability of that event.
    •  people who already know the outcome of an event tend to underestimate the predictability of that event.

12. When a laboratory experiment is superficially similar to everyday situations, the experiment has

•  quality control.
 •  mundane realism.
  •  situational validity.
   •  experimental realism.

13. The conclusion to be drawn from research on "hindsight bias" is that our common sense is usually

•  right.
 •  wrong.
  •  right after the fact.
   •  wrong after the fact.

14. Two contradictory criticisms faced by social psychology are that its findings are obvious & that its findings

•  are trivial.
 •  are untrue.
  •  are contradictory.
   •  could be used to manipulate people.

15. Only when experimental participants were informed that a woman was raped did they perceive the woman's behavior as inviting rape. This best illustrates that victim-blaming is fueled by:

•  social gravity.
 •  hindsight bias.
  •  self-fulfilling prophecies.
   •  the mere exposure effect.
    •  the foot-in-the door phenomenon.

16. An experimenter has one group of participants eat fried chicken that was packaged in a blue carton, while a second group of participants ate the same brand of fried chicken packaged in a yellow carton. Participants then indicated how much they liked the fried chicken. The independent variable was:

•  color of the carton
 •  brand of fried chicken
  •  gender of the participant
   •  degree to which they liked the fried chicken

17. In the previous question, the dependent variable was:

•  color of the carton
 •  brand of fried chicken
  •  gender of the participant
   •  degree to which they liked the fried chicken

18. The most important assumption of social psychologists that is listed below is

•  social situations determine mental events & behavior.
 •  the situation is the primary determinant of much of our behavior.
  •  individual differences in behavior are much more common than similarities.
   •  all the above

19. In order for a theory of a phenomenon (such as the theory of evolution by natural selection) to be considered to be a "fact" (a true theory), researchers testing that theory must have

•  convinced everyone that the theory is a fact.
 •  reached a consensus that the theory probably is correct.
  •  measured the important concepts with numerical techniques.
   •  ruled out all plausible alternative explanations of the phenomenon.

20. The use of chance procedures used in a psychology experiment to ensure that each participant has the same opportunity to be assigned to any given group is called

•  random sampling.
 •  random assignment. 
  •  creating un-equivalent groups.
   •  insuring the dependent experimental value is constant.

21.  Which of the following is an overarching theory of Social Psychology?

 •  We construct our social reality.
  •  Feelings & actions toward people are sometimes negative & sometimes positive.
   •  Our social intuitions are powerful & are shaped by behavior.
    •  Attitudes shape behavior & are shaped by behavior.
     •  Social influences shape behavior.
      •  Dispositions shape behavior.
       •  Social behavior is also biological behavior.
        •  Social Psych's principles are applicable in everyday life.
         •  All of these are overarching theories of Social Psychology.

22.  Social Psychology is the scientific study of Social Thinking. Social Thinking is about all of the following except

•  culture.
 •  our attitudes.
  •  what we believe.
   •  judgments we make.

23.  Social Psychology is the scientific study of Social Influence. Social Influence is about all of the following except

•  persuasion.
 •  attraction & intimacy.
  •  groups of people.
   •  pressures to conform.

24.  Social Psychology is the scientific study of Social Relations. Social Relations is about all of the following except

•  prejudice.
 •  aggression.
  •  attraction & intimacy.
   •  how we perceive ourselves & others.

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Social Psychology
Robert C. Gates
Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.  -- Freud

New It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.

- Sigmund Freud