Take This Psychology Trivia Quiz to See How Well You Know the Human Mind!

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Psychology is an interesting and complex science. Despite this, humans have been philosophizing about human nature and concepts such as memory, free will, and nature vs. nurture since the time of the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

Nowadays, psychology combines the philosophical and physiological understandings of the human condition to understand different mental disorders, the best way to care for those suffering, and how to treat them. Do you think you’re a psychology know-it-all? Do you love analyzing all the theories and psychologists? Take this quiz to find out just how much you know about the human mind.

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This shocking therapy is still in use today:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Electroshock therapy, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), was first used in the 1930s by placing electrodes on the forehead to pass electrical currents to the brain. It was controversial due to the high voltage levels and the lack of anesthesia. ECT is used today as a last resort, with patients receiving anesthesia before the procedure.
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This shocking therapy is still in use today:

  • DBT
  • CBT
  • Lobotomy
  • Electroshock Therapy
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Patients with schizophrenia display what in their brain scans?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Patients with schizophrenia show enlarged ventricles in their brain scans. Ventricles are tunnels in the brain that transport and produce spinal fluid. Scientists are still unclear whether enlarged ventricles are the cause or result of schizophrenia symptoms.
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Patients with schizophrenia display what in their brain scans?

  • Enlarged right half of the brain
  • Thinner frontal lobe matter
  • Enlarged ventricles
  • Reduced volume in the frontal lobe
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This physiologist discovered classical conditioning in dogs:

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Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Retry Correct Incorrect Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist best known for his work in classical conditioning in dogs and how they learned to associate sounds with food after repeatedly ringing a bell and feeding them food, causing them to salivate. Eventually, the bell ringing would cause the dogs to salivate.
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This physiologist discovered classical conditioning in dogs:

  • B.F. Skinner
  • John Watson
  • Boris Teplov
  • Ivan Pavlov
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Sigmund Freud split the human psyche into these three parts:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Sigmund Freud separated the mind into three parts in his studies on the mind and behavior. The Id is the unconscious part of the mind, and the Superego provides a moral standpoint on which the Ego makes decisions and acts.
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Sigmund Freud split the human psyche into these three parts:

  • Awake, asleep, hallucinating
  • Self-actualization, self-esteem, self-awareness
  • Id, Ego, Superego
  • Extrovert, introvert, ambivert
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Who was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Margaret Floy Washburn was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and the APA’s second woman president, after Mary Whiton Calkins. Margaret earned her degree in 1894 from Harvard.
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Who was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in psychology?

  • Mary Whiton Calkins
  • Margaret Floy Washburn
  • Anna Freud
  • Karen Horney
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What is the name of the sub-discipline of psychology that focuses on how mental processes function?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Cognitive psychology studies mental processes, such as thinking, perception, memory, language, problem-solving, and learning. It studies how the brain uses these mental processes to inform a person’s behavior and decision-making.
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What is the name of the sub-discipline of psychology that focuses on how mental processes function?

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Developmental psychology
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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a five-tier pyramid. What’s at the top of the pyramid (the purple part)?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs looks at what people need to feel fulfilled and happy. From the bottom to the top of the pyramid, the needs are physiological, safety, love, self-esteem, and self-actualization at the very top.
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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a five-tier pyramid. What’s at the top of the pyramid (the purple part)?

  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Actualization
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The Greek word “psyche” is the root of the word psychology. What does it mean?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Greek word “psyche,” from which the term “psychology” originates, means “soul,” “spirit,” or “breath.” The Greek word “logia” means “study,” making “psychology” a neologism or made-up term that means “study of the soul.”
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The Greek word “psyche” is the root of the word psychology. What does it mean?

  • Heart
  • Mind
  • Soul
  • Body
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What is the book’s name that holds the diagnostic criteria and overview of psychological disorders?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM as it’s commonly called, is the handbook healthcare providers use to diagnose and assess mental disorders in some of their patients.
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What is the book’s name that holds the diagnostic criteria and overview of psychological disorders?

  • American Psychological Association Overview of Mental Disorders
  • Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Overview and Diagnostic Criteria of Mental Disoders
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What is it called when someone holds two different ideas or beliefs at the same time?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Cognitive Dissonance is the term used to describe the mental discomfort resulting from simultaneously holding contradictory values or beliefs. An example is someone who wants to be healthy but doesn’t change their eating habits or exercise, resulting in guilt.
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What is it called when someone holds two different ideas or beliefs at the same time?

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive Dissonance
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What animal was used in B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning chamber?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Psychologist B.F. Skinner used rats in his operant conditioning chamber, now known simply as a Skinner Box. Inside the box, rats would pull levers or push buttons to receive positive reinforcement, usually food pellets.
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What animal was used in B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning chamber?

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rats
  • Rabbits
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Jean Piaget is known for his theories on:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget is best known for his work on childhood development, particularly his theory of cognitive development, which looks at how children learn at each stage of their development until they reach adulthood.
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Jean Piaget is known for his theories on:

  • Sexuality
  • Childhood Development
  • Memory Loss
  • Social Psychology
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What might be prescribed to a patient diagnosed with major depressive disorder?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are commonly prescribed to patients experiencing a major depressive disorder. They work by preventing serotonin, also known as the happy chemical, from being reabsorbed by the body’s nerve cells so that more of it can pass through.
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What might be prescribed to a patient diagnosed with major depressive disorder?

  • Thorazine
  • Acetylcholine
  • An SSRI
  • Norepinephrine
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What two disciplines are considered the roots of modern psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Psychology has roots in both philosophy and physiology. Philosophy is the origin of the idea that there is a duality between the human body and the human mind. From physiology, studies on the brain and behavior contribute to psychology’s classification as a scientific discipline.
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What two disciplines are considered the roots of modern psychology?

  • Biology and History
  • Religion and Biology
  • Philosophy and Physiology
  • Literature and Physiology
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What is the behavior modification method that uses consequences in its process?

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Retry Correct Incorrect B.F Skinner developed operant conditioning, which uses consequences to modify behavior. Skinner introduced the idea that reinforced behavior with positive or negative consequences can lead to different behavior modifications in people.
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What is the behavior modification method that uses consequences in its process?

  • Flooding
  • Operant conditioning
  • Aversion therapy
  • Classical conditioning
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Which of these is not one of the main goals of psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Psychological theories and studies revolve around four primary goals: to describe, explain, predict and control behaviors. These goals focus on understanding people’s emotional and behavioral processes in everyday life and how to help them better.
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Which of these is not one of the main goals of psychology?

  • Explain
  • Exploit
  • Control
  • Describe
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Carl Jung is known for his theories on:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was known for founding analytical psychology, which approached psychotherapy by looking at people’s personal and collective unconscious of people and how both influences their personality and behavior.
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Carl Jung is known for his theories on:

  • Forensic psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Analytical psychology
  • Developmental psychology
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What does the term “metacognition” mean?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Metacognition is thinking about your thoughts, recognizing patterns, and seeing what you have trouble understanding and how you can improve. It involves understanding your strengths and weaknesses in the learning process.
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What does the term “metacognition” mean?

  • Thinking about existence
  • Awareness of your physical body
  • Thinking about thinking
  • Awareness of other’s thoughts
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What is autophobia?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Autophobia is also known as monophobia. It is the fear of being alone or feeling lonely. It can result in extreme anxiety, and this fear can even arise when someone is in a group of people.
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What is autophobia?

  • Fear of blood
  • Fear of cars
  • Fear of being alone
  • Fear of spiders
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What does CBT stand for?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT as it’s commonly known, is a form of therapy that focuses on changing someone’s thinking patterns to more positive ones and gaining a greater understanding of their behavior and those around them.
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What does CBT stand for?

  • Cognitive Blended Therapy
  • Complex Behavioral Therapy
  • Conscious Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Which anxiety disorder involves a sudden intense feeling of fear?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by sudden and intense fear, often with uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations, chest pain, and a sense of losing control.
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Which anxiety disorder involves a sudden intense feeling of fear?

  • Panic disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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What is one of the biggest questions that psychology attempts to answer?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Nature versus nurture is a question of how much genetics, upbringing, and environment determine a person’s personality and behavior. In reality, people are complex creatures, and someone’s personality can result from many different experiences.
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Unsplash/Alina Grubnyak

What is one of the biggest questions that psychology attempts to answer?

  • Psychiatry versus psychology
  • Up versus down
  • Medicated versus unmedicated
  • Nature versus nurture
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The “inkblot test” is also known as:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Hermann Rorschach created the Rorschach test in 1921 to determine a patient’s thinking patterns and identify mental illness. Rorschach observed that patients with schizophrenia interpreted images in unusual ways and developed a test made with inkblots, asking the patient to explain what they saw. In the test, there are no right or wrong answers.
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The “inkblot test” is also known as:

  • Butterfly test
  • Clown test
  • Vision test
  • Rorschach test
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What best describes classical conditioning?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Classical conditioning is unconscious or automatic learning, where a natural reflex becomes associated with a stimulus that generally has nothing to do with the reflex—for example, a dog associating the sound of a bell with food.
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Unsplash/Dmitry Ratushny

What best describes classical conditioning?

  • Learning through associating one stimulus with another, repeatedly
  • A form of endurance training
  • A learning process where four images are viewed repeatedly from different perspectives
  • A learning process where one stimuli is repeatedly studied
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What is a medicine that has no effect called?

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Retry Correct Incorrect A placebo pill is usually a sugar pill given to participants when scientists study a new medicine’s effects. Half the group receives the placebo, and the other half gets the actual drug. The scientists then study the impact experienced in each group.
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What is a medicine that has no effect called?

  • Red pill
  • Fake
  • Test
  • Placebo
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During what century was modern psychology born?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Although psychology has roots in earlier sciences, the modern notion of psychology began in the 19th century due to the efforts of physiologists Wilhelm Wundt and William James in the mid-1800s.
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During what century was modern psychology born?

  • 19th century
  • 20th century
  • 18th century
  • 17th century
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What is the part of the brain responsible for releasing hormones?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The hypothalamus is a structure deep in the brain responsible for regulating many automatic systems in the body, such as the nervous system, body temperature, hunger and thirst, sleepiness, and releasing hormones.
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What is the part of the brain responsible for releasing hormones?

  • Pituitary gland
  • Temporal lobe
  • Hypothalamus
  • Cerebellum
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Which school of psychology focuses on individual free will?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Humanistic psychology focuses on how individuals have the free will to control their lives and what they need to make positive choices and reach their full potential. It seeks to help people rather than diagnose them.
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Engin Akyurt/Unsplash

Which school of psychology focuses on individual free will?

  • Evolutionary
  • Behaviorism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Humanism
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Folk psychology is:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Folk psychology is also known as “common sense psychology.” It’s the natural ability of everyday people (those without a scientific background) to describe and examine their mental states and those of others.
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Folk psychology is:

  • The study of non-human behavior
  • The study of social groups
  • The way everyday people understand human behavior and mental states
  • The study of ancient humans
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In the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted experiments that showed what?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Solomon Asch devised a series of experiments to see how much a group can influence someone’s opinions. It looked at how much pressure a group could apply to cause someone to go along with anything the group is doing.
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In the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted experiments that showed what?

  • How people can make friends with anyone
  • The degree to which someone will go to fit in with a group
  • How easily people can ignore reality
  • How easily a group of people can hate each other
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Who is known as the father of psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Wilhelm Wundt opened the Institute for Experimental Psychology in Leipzig in 1879, a move that helped him later become the father of modern psychology. He is known for separating psychology from philosophy, analyzing how the mind works more scientifically.
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Who is known as the father of psychology?

  • Wilhelm Wundt
  • William James
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Carl Jung
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What is does the acronym BPD stand for in psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD for short, is a mental illness that affects someone’s ability to control their emotions. Because of this, they can be prone to impulsivity and a negative self-image which impact their relationships with others.
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What is does the acronym BPD stand for in psychology?

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Brain Processing Disorder
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In psychology, what does the term “the big five” refer to?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Many psychologists believe that five main personality factors or traits determine personality. The five traits are openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion/introversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Psychologists believe everyone has some measure of these traits, sometimes less of one trait or more of another.
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In psychology, what does the term “the big five” refer to?

  • The five most common treatments
  • The five main personality factors
  • The five most common beliefs
  • The five most common mental illnesses
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What type of memory is the conscious intentional recollection of information?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Explicit memory is when you consciously try to remember something, such as a phone number, a friend’s birthday, or the time and date of a doctor’s appointment. These are things that you teach yourself to remember.
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What type of memory is the conscious intentional recollection of information?

  • Semantic memory
  • Explicit memory
  • Procedural memory
  • Sensory memory
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What is Experimental Psychology?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Experimental psychology seeks to prove or disprove various theories and hypotheses using controlled experiments as the primary research method. Experiments can be conducted in a lab or real-life setting to get more authentic results.
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What is Experimental Psychology?

  • A branch of psychology that uses experimental methods to study mental issues
  • Testing various medications on patients to see their efficacy
  • Conducting experiments on animals to replicate in humans
  • A branch of psychology that studies the psychology of experiments
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Someone who is suffering from abulia lacks:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Abulia is a type of apathy that results in a lack of willpower and motivation to live everyday life. It’s different from depression in that sufferers don’t feel sadness. Physical damage to the brain or dementia can cause abulia.
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Someone who is suffering from abulia lacks:

  • Willpower and motivation
  • The ability to process their emotions
  • Empathy
  • Difficulty problem-solving
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What does sensory overload mean?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Sensory overload is when your brain receives more input from your five senses than it can handle. It can be anything from multiple conversations in a room flashing lights, concerts, etc.
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What does sensory overload mean?

  • The tendency to suddenly become very irritable
  • When a sixth sense is activated
  • When everything sounds really loud all of a sudden
  • When the brain is receiving more input from the five sense than it can process
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What did the Little Albert Experiment prove?

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Retry Correct Incorrect John B. Watson conducted the Little Albert Experiment to see if classical conditioning could apply to humans. The highly controversial experiment involved subjecting a nine-month-old infant to a loud sound that made him cry and afterward presented with a rat. Eventually, just seeing the rat would cause the infant to cry.
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What did the Little Albert Experiment prove?

  • That phobias are all man-made
  • That babies are easily influenced
  • That most babies are afraid of rats
  • That using classical conditioning in humans can create a phobia
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In 1971, this social experiment was so traumatizing that three participants were released after four days:

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Stanford Prison Experiment was a social psychology experiment conducted at Stanford University in 1971 where students become prisoners in a simulated prison. The “prisoners” were treated poorly, and three participants were released four days into the experiment. Scientists canceled the investigation two days later.
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In 1971, this social experiment was so traumatizing that three participants were released after four days:

  • Asch Conformity Experiment
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Hawthorne Experiment
  • The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment
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This syndrome is an example of a factitious disorder:

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Retry Correct Incorrect Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder where someone pretends to be sick or acts as if they have a physical or mental illness that they don’t have. In extreme cases, people can deliberately hurt themselves to make it look like they have a condition.
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This syndrome is an example of a factitious disorder:

  • Munchausen syndrome
  • Capgras Delusion
  • Fregoli Delusion
  • Charles Bonnet Syndrome
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