Possible Final Exam Essay Questions Prepare to answer all of the following. Any two will be on your class’ exam; you will then be able to pick one. 1. Compare the influence in psychology of each of the ‘independent’ thinkers cited in this course: Gardner, Watson, Skinner, Piaget and Freud. Which of these individuals do you think has been more influential in (a) academic psychology and (b) ‘folk’ or ‘everyday’ psychology (for example, as discussed by ‘people in the street’), and why? 2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of communication in the central nervous system compared with the digital computer? 3. What are the possible factors underlying obesity? 4. What are the major developmental changes that occur during the school years? 5. Review the material presented in Modules 6 – 9 to address the extent to which developments that occur during life can be conceptualized as (a) gradual or (b) stage-like. (though not studied in the course do look over Module 9 Adulthood) 6. Discuss Gardner’s and Sternberg’s theories of intelligence. How are they similar, and how do they differ from each other? Which do you believe is more convincing and why? 7. Discuss how one might assess different psychotherapies. Which psychotherapies appear to be the most effective? 8. To what extent has our understanding of the human mind/brain improved our lives compared to life 150 years ago?