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Research Methods // AP Psychology

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  1. Which of the following is considered a disadvantage of naturalistic observation?
  2. A psychologist observes the confrontation between two rival neighborhood gangs from the window of an abandoned building. This method of collecting observations is best described as:
  3. Random assignment to control and experimental conditions requires:
  4. The chief function of the control group in an experiment is that it:
  5. In an experiment, which of the following variables refers to the outcome that is measured by the experiment?
  6. A double-blind control is essential for
  7. The statistical technique that combines results of a large number of studies is called:
  8. The hindsight bias refers to people's tendency to:
  9. Our estimates of the accuracy of our own everyday judgments best demonstrate:
  10. The tendency to overestimate the extent to which others share our own attitudes is known as:
  11. Which of the following correlations affords the greatest predictive value?
  12. In order to study the effects of loud noise on worker productivity, Dr. Murphy had one group of research participants work in a noisy room and a second group in a quiet room. Those who worked in the quiet room were exposed to the ______ condition
  13. Dr. Smartypants knows what randomly gathered participants are in his control and experimental group. He is highly motivated to prove his hypothesis. To ensure valid results and correct these specific mentioned errors, Dr. Smartypants's experiment would benefit if he:
  14. To determine how varied a set of data is around the mean, what would be the best measure analysis to use?
  15. If a researcher wanted to find out college students political opinions, which of the following methods of research would be most appropriate to gather this information?
  16. Dr. Spinney provides students with different types of beverages and then measures their ability to drive a car. In this example, beverage type is the:
  17. The independent variable _________. while the dependent variable _________.
  18. If people tend to wear more layers of clothing as the weather gets colder, we would expect _________ between the variables of temperature and amount of clothing.
  19. If a researcher wanted to conduct a study to determine if peoples' intelligence remained the same over the course of their life span, which approach would be the most complete to use?
  20. A psychology teacher wants to determine whether computer-aided learning will produce higher standardized test scores than a usual lecture format. In this example, the independent variable is the:
  21. Random assignment means that
  22. Which of the following would be an effective operational definition of 'fear?'
  23. If you could measure height of each student in your introductory psychology class and the amount of money that each person has in their pockets right now, you would expect to find:
  24. Keeping subjects uninformed about the purpose of a study makes them
  25. Respondents to surveys and questionnaires often report that they are healthier, happier, and less prejudiced than would be expected based on the results of other types of research. This finding can best be explained by which of the following?
  26. Synesthesia is a phenomenon that has been estimated to occur in only a few people in a million. Because of its rarity, researchers are likely to choose which research method to study it?
  27. Martha is an undergraduate student who is interested in pursuing a career in psychology. She wants to use her knowledge of psychology to help employees become more productive in the workplace. Which field of psychology should Martha select in graduate school?
  28. A researcher randomly assigned boys and girls to each of two groups. One group watched a violent television program while the other group watched a nonviolent program. The children were then observed during a period of free play, and the incidence of aggressive behavior was recorded for each group. What is the independent variable in this study?
  29. Which procedure can reduce problems associated with the use of deception by a researcher?
  30. Dr. Thomas is interested in studying teenage behavior. His current experiment is interested in looking at the impact that sleep has on self esteem. He randomly selects 50 teenagers to participate in his study and randomly puts 25 in a sleep condition and puts the other 25 randomly in the non-sleep condition. Dr. Thomas's assignment is illustrated when he:
  31. When an experiment is said to be strongly statistically significant with a p-score of .01, this means
  32. John is comparing two variables and finds that the correlation is +.8. He would be justified in making which of the following conclusions:
  33. A negative correlation occurs when the variables being compared:
  34. Dr. Thomas is interested in studying teenage behavior. His current experiment is interested in looking at the impact that sleep has on self esteem. He randomly selects 50 teenagers to participate in his study and randomly puts 25 in a sleep condition and puts the other 25 randomly in the non-sleep condition. An operational definition of the independent variable in this experiment could be:
  35. A student hypothesizes those high school students consuming different flavors of a drink before a spelling test will perform differently. A study to test the hypothesis finds that with a bitter drink, performance is best 6 hours after drinking it, whereas with a sweet drink, performance is better 1 hour after drinking it.An interaction between variables complicates the researcher's explanation of findings. Which of the following are most likely involved in this interaction?