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1 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY STUDY TIPS & PRACTICE QUESTIONS In preparation for our first midterm on October 26 th I wanted to address some frequently asked questions about how to study for the exam, and give you a sample of the types of test questions I generally ask. These study tips will be helpful for both midterms and the final, so please hold on to this handout. Feel free to visit either myself or Jonni during office hours, and continue to use the smartsite chatroom/forums, if you have any questions about how to prepare for the exams! This handout does not provide a specific list of topics to review for the exam, because ANY topic covered in either lecture or the textbook is technically fair game. Names and dates: In general I do not expect you to memorize the large number of names/dates included in your textbook. For example, many study authors are cited as the book describes research findings. On page 155 the book notes, “Some perceptions rely more heavily on bottom‐up processing (Koch, 1993), others on top‐down processing (McClelland & Plaut, 1993)” (Lillienfeld, Lynn, Namy & Woolf, 2009). I DO NOT expect you to know the names of Koch, McClelland or Plaut, or when their research was conducted. The names I will expect you to know for the exams are those that we talk about in some detail in class. Individuals like John Watson, B.F. Skinner and Ivan Pavlov (all of whom will be covered during our Learning lectures), or John Bowlby and Sigmund Freud (who will be covered in the second half of the class), will be profiled, not only for a single study that provides some evidence in support of a course concept, but for the greater body of their work and the theories they contributed to the field of Psychology. There will also be a couple of studies we will discuss in great detail that are so famous, and so strongly associated with the study author that I would expect you to be able to identify them on an exam, but I will always provide multiple cues as to which study I am referring to (for example, “In Milgram’s study of obedience…”). We have not really come across any of these yet, but it will be pretty clear when we get to one. You would also be expected to know
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