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  1. Frankie earned the following scores on his math test: 55, 76, 55, 68, 95, 80, 55. Frankie's mode for his math test is:
  2. Of the following scores which would have the highest standard deviation?
  3. 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:
  4. The chief function of the control group in an experiment is that it:
  5. In an experiment to find out if taking ginseng increases IQ scores, the IQ scores would be:
  6. In an experiment, which of the following variables refers to the outcome that is measured by the experiment?
  7. In experimental psychology, a significant difference
  8. The statistical technique that combines results of a large number of studies is called:
  9. A major disadvantage of the experimental method is that
  10. A hypothesis is a (n):
  11. Professor Saxton was very skeptical about the findings of a recently reported experiment on the effects of sleep deprivation. Which technique would best enable her to investigate the RELIABILITY of these findings?
  12. Which research method provides the best way of assessing whether cigarette smoking boosts mental alertness?
  13. In a study of the effects of alcohol consumption, some participants drank a nonalcoholic beverage that actually smelled and tasted alcoholic. This nonalcoholic drink was a
  14. What does the story of Clever Hans teach current psychology students about the findings of psychological studies?
  15. Which of the following measures of central tendencies is most affected by extreme scores?
  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. Which is the only form of research that can demonstrate cause and effect?
  19. A scientist who is skeptical about a particular study can decide to repeat that study in their own laboratory since studies operationally define their variables for easy reproduction. This would represent _________ the original research study.
  20. Which of the following correlation coefficients would a statistician know, at first glance is a mistake?
  21. A Correlational studies finds a link between how tall someone is and their shoe size. The taller someone is, the larger their shoe size, this finding illustrates:
  22. The American Psychological Association guidelines state that research participants must
  23. 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 dependent variable in this study?
  24. 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?
  25. 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 population is:
  26. 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 dependent variable in this experiment could be:
  27. 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:
  28. A researcher studying the effect of noise level on concentration randomly assigns student participants to either a noisy room or a quiet room to take a problem- solving test. The researcher subsequently compares the two groups� test scores and concludes that the p -value= .05. The researcher�s conclusion that p = .05 most likely indicates
  29. When hypothesis that is incorrectly rejected in an experiment (false negative) refers to a:
  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 population is:
  31. 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 dependent variable in this experiment could be:
  32. Unlike a normal curve where most participants score near the middle of the curve, in a curve that contains a positive skew the scores will:
  33. 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.Which of the following is the dependent variable?
  34. When a researcher takes specific data and generalizes the results to an entire population they are conducting:
  35. Publishing the names of research participants to the general public would violate what ethical guideline?