of Ron Comer’s Abnormal Psychology”
Hints for Midterm I
(for all three exams):
There will be 60 multiple choice questions per exam, with five options (a, b, c, d, e). Please bring a blue
UCD 2000 scantron and a #2 pencil to the exams.
Exams will contain questions from lecture and the book, including some questions about book material that
was not discussed in class. Read over
in the assigned chapters, including boxes unless this study
guide tells you otherwise.
need to “memorize” the orange sections with heading
“Between the Lines.” “
make sure you carefully read the “Putting it Together” and “Summing Up” sections at the end
of each chapter. Also, read and think about the “Critical Thoughts” at the very end of each chapter. Further
make sure you know the
that are listed in the
(and which are also listed in the
at the end of the book).
Names and Historical Dates:
be stressed on the exams
they were specifically
mentioned in class and appear in your outlines. However, I’d like you to get some idea of the centuries and,
for the last century, the decades, in which major breakthroughs came about.
Study the various
definitions of abnormality/mental disorders
(the four “D’s”).
: Overlap with lecture and video is emphasized in the exam, but read over
everything in this chapter. Understand the concept, and implications of, “deinstitutionalization.”
This chapter, on scientific methods, will be an easy review if you’ve taken the prerequisite PSC 41.
You definitely need to know about correlation, the difference between correlational and experimental
research, dependent and independent variables, random assignment, a placebo (and placebo group),
variables, blind design, double-blind design, etc. Again, you need to know the
in the margins
(e.g., internal and external validity, epidemiological study, incidence, prevalence,
longitudinal study, case study,
quasi experiment, natural experiment, analogue experiment, etc.).
p.36, Table 2-1, “Relative strengths and weaknesses in research models.”
Study this table.
We will go over most of this chapter in class, so be prepared to know this material on the exam.
Although you should read all tables, figures, and boxes, you do not need to memorize odd facts
embedded in tables, figures, and boxes
“ By the Numbers” boxes).
See “General Hints” above.