MT1 Practice Exam


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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE MIDTERM 1 This practice exam represents an actual exam in terms of difficulty of questions, question type, and approximate length. The exam is closed book, closed note. Each multiple choice question is worth 1 point. I. According to the text, the major reason for learning about social thinking and examining our errors and biases is to A. develop more realistic self-esteem. B. develop our capacity for critical thinking. C. become more effective in influencing others. D. develop more positive interpersonal relationships. 2. Most social psychological research takes place in either A. the laboratory or the classroom. B. the laboratory or the field. C. the field or the classroom. D. the classroom or the office. 3. The extent to which people perceive their lives as internally controllable by their own efforts and actions or as externally controlled by chance or outside forces constitutes their A. interdependent-independent self. B. intrinsic-extrinsic motivation. C. controllability quotient. D. locus of control. 4. In comparison to the sociologist, the social psychologist A. is more likely to study the social causes of behavior. B. is more likely to study individuals than groups. C. gives less attention to our internal functioning. I). relies more heavily on correlational research. 5. Brian watches smugly as the car ahead of his is pulled over for speeding. Although he has just slowed his own vehicle to 55 miles per hour, he considers himself “the only one on the road” who is obeying the speed limit. Brian’s thinking most clearly reflects A. the false uniqueness effect. B. the false consensus effect. C. external locus of control D. the self-handicapping effect. 6. Professional social psychologists have an advantage over the amateur in that they A. do not permit personal bias to influence their observations of behavior. B. study behavior in ways that pin down cause and effect. C. develop theories about why people act as they do. D. have a greater knowledge of literature and philosophy.
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7. People tend to cling to their beliefs even in the face of contradictory evidence. This tendency is known as the A. belief perseverance phenomenon. B. belief continuity. C. correspondence bias. D. belief disconfirmation bias. 8. In an experimental study of the effects of fear on the desire to affiliate, fear would be the __________ variable. A. experimental B. independent C. control D. dependent 9. The theory of how people explain others’ behavior is known as _____ theory. A. dissonance B. attribution C. incentive D. accountability 10. In an experimental study of the effects of alcohol consumption on aggression, aggression would be the ____________ variable. A. controlled
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2010 for the course PSY 340 taught by Professor Ashlyn during the Spring '08 term at San Diego State.

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