Review Session
Review Test #2
Learning, Memory, Intelligence,
Cognition, Developmental Psychology
AP Psychology
Forest Lake High School
Learning- Question #1
Young animals learn many behaviors from watching their mothers and
imitating those behaviors. This kind of learning is known as…
A.Instinctive learning
B.Classical conditioning
C.Instrumental learning
E.Reproductive conditioning
D– Modeling is another name for observational learning. Modeling
involves exactly what is described in the question- watching another
member of ones species perform a behavior and then attempting to
copy it.
Learning- Question #2
Ali became sick with the stomach flu shortly after eating a
piece of fried eggplant at a party. Since then, Ali has
avoided friend egg plant. What likely explains the rapid
acquisition of this behavior?
A. People have to develop a taste for eggplant
B. Given the current emphasis on healthy food, many people are trying
to reduce their consumption of fried foods.
C. It is easier to develop an aversion to vegetables than to meat
D. People are biologically predisposed to link unfamiliar tastes with
E. Because the result of eating the eggplant was unpleasant, it is easy
to learn to avoid it.
D – Research has indicated that people and animals seem predisposed
to link certain types of stimuli with certain kinds of consequences. As
shown by Garcia and Koelling, novel tastes are easily associated
with nausea but not with electric shock while loud noises and
Learning- Question #3
Alfred’s sister Rosie is very serious when she practices her cello
and often yells at him for interrupting her, which makes Alfred
feel nervous. Alfred has recently started exhibiting signs of
anxiety whenever he hears any string instrument. This situation
best illustrates..
B.Instinctive drift
C.Spontaneous recovery
D.Secondary conditioning
E.A biological predisposition
A – Alfred has generalized his anxiety to the sound of his sister
practicing cello to the sound of any string instrument. Generalization in
this classical conditioning example is when on exhibits a conditioned
response to stimuli that are similar, but not identical to the conditioned
stimulus. In this case, the conditioned stimulus is the sound of his sister
playing cello, and the response of fear or anxiety has generalized to
occur to similar sounds.
Learning- Question #4
Mr. Cohen wants to encourage his kids to clean up their rooms.
Every time they do so, he takes them out for dinner. As time
goes on, Mr. Simpson’s children clean their rooms increasingly
less frequently. What does this situation demonstrate?
A.The Premack Principle
B.Latent learning
C.Higher-order conditioning
E.Observational learning
A – The Premack Principle essentially explains that one person’s
reinforce may be another person’s punishment. While Mr. Simpson may
view taking his children out for dinner as a treat for them, they may not
see it the same way. Reinforcers and punishments are defined by the
effects they have on behavior. Given that taking his kids out to dinner
results in less of the desired behavior, that consequence is defined as a
Learning- Question #5
Which of the following is the best example of negative reinforcement?
A. A teacher praises a child for answering a question in class.
B. A teacher keeps a student from recess after she has been disruptive
during a lesson.
C. A teacher brings bagels to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
D. A teacher has a student wash all the classroom desks after he is
caught writing on his desk.
E. A teacher cancels a homework assignment after the whole class
scores well on a test.
E – Negative reinforcement is when something aversive (in this case a
homework assignment) is removed in order to reinforce desired behavior (the
strong performance on the test). A common mistake is to assume that the
negative in negative reinforcement refers to punishment- the addition of
something aversive. However, the definition of a reinforcer is something that
makes a behavior more common: thus, the negative in this case refers to fact
that the behavior is being reinforced through the removal of something
unpleasant (negative reinforcement) as opposed to the addition of something
pleasant (positive reinforcement).
Learning- Question #6
Mr. Lopez wants his kindergarten students to come into class
and go directly to the seats. Which type of reinforcement
schedule would likely yield the most rapid acquisition of this
new behavior?
A. Fixed Ratio
B. Fixed Interval
C. Variable Ratio
D. Variable Interval
E. Continuous Reinforcement
E - Typically, continuous reinforcement is most effective in teaching a
new behavior because the consistent association of the reinforcer
with the behavior will make the link easiest to learn. While a fixed
ratio schedule of FR-1 would be equivalent to continuous
reinforcement, the term fixed ratio is usually employed to refer to the
practice of rewarding every x behaviors, where x is a larger number
than 1.
Learning- Question #7
At Central High School they ring a bell to end every class period.
Sometimes, by mistake, they ring the bell in the middle of a class
period and teachers find that many of their students get up to leave not
realizing that only about half of the class time has gone by. The
students have learned this behavior via
A. Operant Conditioning
B. Classical Conditioning
C. Insight Learning
D. Abstract Learning
E. Observational Learning
B - The ringing of the bell is a conditioned stimulus associated with the
unconditioned stimulus of being dismissed from class. Leaving class is
both the conditioned and unconditioned response.
Learning- Question #8
Rescorla’s contingency model of classical conditioning modifies Pavlov’s
original model by
A. Describing the role of natural, inherent predispositions in facilitating
certain connections
B. Creating a standard apparatus in which to test the law of effect
C. Suggesting the role of cognition in influencing how well a response is
D. Showing how learning can occur in the absence of reinforcement
E. Predicting a particular curve for spontaneous recovery
C – Rescorla’s contingency model theorizes that learning will happen
more quickly and effectively when a conditioned stimulus (CS) reliably
predicts an unconditioned stimulus (US). This idea builds upon Pavlov’s
contiguity model which proposed that conditioning was typically linked
to the number of times a CS was paired with a US. Rescorta suggested
that given the same number of pairings, acquisition would occur more
quickly in the absence of additional presentations of the CS and/or US
which would weaken the cognitive connection the learner would
Learning -Question #9
A researcher investigating the effectiveness of different methods of
memorizing lists is likely to be most interested in which of the following
memory concepts?
A.Implicit memory
B.State-dependent memory
C.Long-Term potentiation
D.Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
E.Serial Position Effect
E. The serial position effect describes the impact of the position of items on a
list on recall. Items early in the list are likely to be remembered (primacy effect)
and items last on a list or likely to be remembered (recency effect).
Cognition- Question #10
Why are recognition tasks usually easier than recall
A.Memories retrieved through recognition are stored in long term
memory which is easier to access
B.Recognition involves more recent memories, while recall involves
events that occurred father in the past
C.The process of recognition involves matching an event to
something already stored in memory
D.The recall process takes place in more primitive, basic areas of
the brain
E.The recognition process relies on sensory memory, which quickly
encodes sensory stimuli we encounter
C - Recognition involves matching current stimuli to what we already
have stored in memory, which is an easier process than recall.
Cognition- Question #11
Which of the following two memory-related concepts
are most similar?
A.Chunking and syntax
B.Mood-congruent and state-dependent memory
C.Prototypes and rehearsal
D.Primacy effect and relearning effect
E.Belief bias and availability heuristic
B - Both mood-congruent and state dependent
memory describe similar phenomena that impact the
probability a memory will be recalled.
Cognition- Question #12
In the information processing model, encoding takes place
between which steps in the model?
A.Between semantic and episodic, and between episodic and
B.Between sensory and short term, and between short term and
long term
C.Between retrieval and recognition, and between recognition
and recall
D.Between retroactive and proactive, and between proactive and
E.Between convergent and divergent, and between divergent
and heuristic
B- The three box model consists of sensory, short term, and long
term memory. Memories are encoded from sensory to short term
memory and from short term to long term memory.
Cognition- Question #13
Children who do not learn a primary language before adolescence
typically have trouble becoming fluent in ant language during the rest of
their lives. This research finding most supports which theory of
language acquisition?
A. Overgeneralization
B. Linguistic relativity hypothesis
C. Semantic network hypothesis
D. Nativist theory
E. Divergent thinking
D - The nativist theory of language acquisition predicts that there is a
critical period of maturation during which human brains are “wired” to
acquire language. If a child passes through this critical period without
acquiring language, it will be difficult for that child to ever acquire
Cognition- Question #14
Wolfgang Kohler’s research involving problem solving and
primates provided valuable empirical evidence supporting which
cognitive concept?
A.Divergent thinking
C.Representativeness heuristic
E.Eidetic memory
A- Evidence from Kohler’s studies support the idea that
divergent thinking can occur in non-human primates (such as
chimpanzees) and that divergent thinking involves steps such as
experimentation and reflection.
Cognition- Question #15
Which of the following terms is most likely to be used by biopsychologists when discussion how memories are stored?
A.Sensory memory
B.Long-term potentiation
C.Availability heuristic
D.Functional fixedness
E.Information-Processing Model
B – Long-Term Potentiation is the process of the strengthening
of neural connections which bio-psychologists theorize result in
the phenomenon of memory!
Testing & Individual Difference
Question #16
What is the best definition of a standardized sample?
A group of average people who perform at or above a
reasonable level on an exam.
People who achieve at a similar level each time a test is
A set of people whose performance on a set of questions is
used to create a test of a desired difficulty level.
The psychometricians who create a test that can be used to
compare people across many different backgrounds and
The statisticians who developed the normal curve such that
tests can be standardized.
Correct Answer- (C): Ideally, the standardization sample is a group of people
similar to the people who will take an actual exam. Because the results
of a standardized test are supposed to result in a normal distribution, test
makers have to have a good sense of what percentage of people will get
each item right.
Testing & Individual Difference
Question #17
Whose theory of intelligence most directly incorporates a
sense of “street smarts”?
A – Sternberg’s Triarchic theory of intelligence includes a traditional academic
type of intelligence (known as componential or analytic intelligence), experiential
or creative intelligence that depends on one’s ability to use knowledge in new
ways, and a type of contextual or practical intelligence that enables people to
apply what they know to real-world challenges. The concept of practical
intelligence is related to street smarts.
Testing & Individual Difference
Question #18
Cornelius is an average student but a gifted dancer and
gymnast. He is well-liked and gets along well with most
people. Based on this information, we can conclude that
Cornelius has a lot of what types of intelligence?
A.Intrapersonal and Naturalistic
B.Contextual and Interpersonal
C.Kinesthetic and Musical
D.Interpersonal and Kinesthetic
E.Practical and Musical
D – Given Cornelius’ talent as a dancer and gymnast, we can conclude that he has what
Gardner terms bodily kinesthetic intelligence. He also seems to possess a high level of
interpersonal intelligence, based on the remarks about his ability to get along with others. On
the other hand, we are not given any information that bears on Cornelius’ intrapersonal skills
(his knowledge about himself), his naturalistic intelligence (his intelligence about the
environment), nor his musical intelligence. While all of the aforementioned types of
intelligences are part of Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, Sternberg’s triarchic theory
of intelligence deals with other types of intelligence including practical and contextual; however,
the information in the question does not tell us anything about Cornelius’ strengths in these
Testing & Individual Difference
Question #19
SAT I scores have a correlation of about .5 with first year
grades in college but no clear relationship to
performance in college or career overall. From this
information, one can conclude that the SAT
Is an unreliable measure of intelligence
Is a valid measure of intelligence
Has high concurrent validity
Has moderate concurrent validity
Should be weighed more heavily in the college admission process
D – A correlation of .5 is considered a moderate correlation. Seeing that SAT I scores
moderately predict people’s first year performance in college, they can be said to
have moderate predictive validity, albeit short-lived. This correlation does not mean
that the SAT is (or is not) a measure of intelligence. The existing correlation also
does not tell us anything about the exam’s concurrent validity – that is, its correlation
with current performance. Finally, most people consider this statistic to be an
indication that the SAT I should count less (rather than more) in the college
Testing & Individual Differnce
Question #20
Someone who scores two standard deviations above the mean
on a standardized exam scored closest to which percentile
D – Someone who scores two standard deviations above the mean scores at
approximately the 97.5 percentile. Someone who scores at the mean, scores at
the 50th percentile. One standard deviation above the mean adds about
another 34% and the second standard deviation above the mean adds about
another 13.5 %; added together, these equal approximately 97.5%. The most
common error here is to choose the 95th percentile as 95% of scores in a
distribution fall within two standard deviations of the mean; that, however, does
not include the approximately 2.5% of scores that fall below two standard
deviations of the mean.
Developmental Psychology
Question #21
Mary Ainsworth’s research into children’s
reactions to the strange situation is most
directly connected to what other set of
research studies?
A. Baumrind’s research about parenting styles
B. Kohlberg’s research about moral development
C. Freud’s research about unconscious development
D. Harlow’s research about attachment development
E. Erikson’s research about social development
D. Harlow researched attachment in primates, and
Ainsworth’s later research with the strange situation
investigated how different kinds of attachment between
human babies and caregivers.
Developmental Psychology
Question #22
Why might a researcher choose to do a
cross-sectional study rather than a
longitudinal study?
A. Cross-Sectional Studies can establish cause and effect, while
longitudinal studies can only establish correlation
B. Following one group of individuals over time in a longitudinal study
isn’t a method as examining multiple groups at the same time in a
cross-sectional study.
C. Cross-Sectional Studies are a less time consuming way to examine
the possible impacts of maturation.
D. Longitudinal studies usually are not approved by university ethics
review boards.
E. Cross-Sectional Studies were supported by developmental stage
theorists, such as Jean Piaget.
C. Cross sectional studies are less time consuming than
longitudinal studies, which involve studying one group of
people over a long arc of time.
Developmental Psychology
Question #23
Which developmental stage theorist is most
closely associated with Freud?
C. Erikson’s social development theory expands on Freud’s
theory of unconscious conflicts and desires. Erikson was a
neo-Freudian who believed that we mature through stages of
social development, and he theorized that the unconscious
beliefs and attitudes we develop during early stages (even
infancy) influence our later social development and behaviors.
Developmental Psychology
Question #24
Which of the following is a prenatal
environmental influence that impacts
human development?
A. Teratogens
B. Assimilation
C. Accommodation
D. Egocentrism
E. Attachment
A. Teratogens are chemicals that can harm a developing
fetus if ingested or contracted by the mother.
Developmental Psychology
Question #25
Modern developmental psychology research indicates
that which of the following aspects of Piaget’s original
cognitive development theory were inaccurate?
A.Human cognitive development does not progress in predictable stages.
B.Object permanence does not develop until later cognitive development stages.
C.Accommodation processes occur instead of assimilation processes within the
context of cognitive development.
D.Cognitive development may progress in a more continual way than the discrete
stages described by Piaget.
E.Genetic influences may drive the sequence and speed fo cognitive
development, rather than environmental influences.
D. Modern developmental psychologists criticize Piaget’s original
cognitive development theory for emphasizing discrete stages, rather
than a more gradual and continual cognitive development.
Developmental Psychology
Question #26
Five year old Sjoen seems fascinated by the different characteristics of
his toy cars. He spends hours rearranging them by size, color, speed,
and other physical characteristics. As he gets older, he uses
increasingly complex rules to group the cars into different categories.
Which developmental theorist would be most interested in this example
of development?
A.Erik Erikson
B.Jean Piaget
C.Mary Ainsworth
D.Diana Baumrind
E.Carol Gilligan
B. A cognitive development theorist like Piaget would be most interested in this
example of concept formation. As Sjoen creates new ways to categorize his
cars, he is developing new schemes for these existing toys, assimilating and
accommodating his experiences.
Developmental Psychology
Question #27
Which of the following elements of
maturation is least affected by environmental
A. Attachment
B. Motor Development
C. Concepts of Conservation
D. Assimilation
E. Cognitive Development
B. Motor development progresses through a series of
predictable stages based on muscle and coordination
development, and is not strongly impacted by
environmental influences.
Developmental Psychology
Question #28
Writing a science fiction story about the potential
applications of a time travel device requires
thinking typical of which cognitive stage of
development as described by Piaget?
A. Sensorimotor Stage
B. Formal Operational Stage
C. Preoperational Stage
D. Generativity vs. Stagnation Stage
E. Divergent Thinking Stage
B. Writing about the possibilities of time travel requires
abstract and hypothetical thinking, which are aspects of
the formal operational stage as described by Piaget.
Question #29
Compulsive gamblers frequently recall losing
less money than is actually the case. Their
memory failure best illustrates:
A. Serial Position Effect
B. Next-In-Line Effect
C. Motivated Forgetting
D. Source Amnesia
E. Proactive Interference
C – Motivated forgetting is a concept that arose in early theories of psychology, and many
might better associate it with repressed memories. The essential idea is that the ability
to recall a memory may be influenced by feelings, by a need to protect the self, or by
distorted perception. Freud suggested that people frequently have imperfect or no
memory recall of traumatic events or of things associated with unpleasant feelings. For
example, a person is highly motivated to forget a doctor’s appointment if he fears the
Question #30
The next-in-line effect best illustrates:
A. Long-Term Potentiation
B. Source Amnesia
C.Encoding Failure
D.Automatic Processing
E. Implicit Memory
C – When you are so anxious about being “next-in-line”
that you fail to remember what the person just before
you has said (no STM or LTM), but you can remember
what other people around you said in terms of
“sensory (echoic) memory”.
Question #31
You witnessed a murder. Weeks later, you are called to view a
police line up in which you are to pick out the murderer from a line
up. Later you are called to the witness chair during the trial to tell
what you saw. In the police lineup, you are using _______ while in
the trial you are using ________.
A.Recognition, Recall
B.Recognition, Relearning
C.Relearning, Recall
D.Recall, Recognition
E.Relearning, Recognition
A – Recognition is how you respond to a sensory cue. You look at something and your
mind looks to see if what you are seeing in front of you matches anything that has been
stored. If you notice a match, you are recognizing the information. VS. Recall is a way
that you obtain information from your memory without having a cue to prompt the
response. You have to essentially draft the information without any assistance.
Question #32
Which of the following sequences
represents progressively deeper levels of
A. Functional, Structural, Semantic
B. Semantic, Phonemic, Structural
C. Structural, Semantic, Phonemic
D. Phonemic, Semantic, Structural
E. Structural, Phonemic, Semantic
E – Two forms of shallow processing: Structural (appearance/”looks
like”) which is when we encode only the physical appearance of
something (e.g. the typeface of a word or how letters look) and
Phonemic (“sounds like”) which is when we encode the way the word
sounds. Deep Processing: Semantic (meaning)which is when we
encode the meaning of a word and make connections to words with
similar meaning.

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