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  1. Doctor McAlister is conducting a double-blind study to assess the impact of "smart-tastic," an experimental drug, on people's intelligence. The dependent variable in this study would be:
  2. Frankie earned the following scores on his math test: 55, 76, 55, 68, 95, 80, 55. Frankie's mode for his math test is:
  3. The most distinctive characteristic of the experimental method is that it
  4. A double-blind control is essential for
  5. To prevent ethical abuse in psychological research, the APA (American Psychological Association) has suggest that:
  6. A major disadvantage of the experimental method is that
  7. Our estimates of the accuracy of our own everyday judgments best demonstrate:
  8. A statistical measure that indicates the extent to which changes in one factor are accompanied by changes in another is called (n):
  9. 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
  10. Random assignment of subjects to different experimental conditions is a method for controlling differences that may exist between:
  11. Which of the following measures of central tendencies is most affected by extreme scores?
  12. All of the following will reduce the likelihood of confounding variables ability to influence the outcome of an experiment except:
  13. 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:
  14. Some people believe that money can buy happiness. Dr. Goodwin wants to determine whether paying people plays a role in their happiness. The level of money given to a subject would be considered to be the:
  15. Gina wants to conduct a study of discrimination based on looks in hiring practices. Gina selects candidates with equivalent qualifications, one extremely attractive and the other of average attractiveness. She sends them to interview for the same job. The operational definition of the dependent variable in Gina's experiment is:
  16. A outcome of a correlational study on attendance and grade point average could potentially conclude all of the following EXCEPT:
  17. In which type of research does the scientist have the most control over variables that might affect the outcome of the study?
  18. 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:
  19. In an experiment, the factor that is controlled by the experimenter is the
  20. Which of the following correlation coefficients would a statistician know, at first glance is a mistake?
  21. Keeping subjects uninformed about the purpose of a study makes them
  22. The American Psychological Association guidelines state that research participants must
  23. A subject who is exposed to the special treatment is said to be in the________ condition.
  24. 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?
  25. Set A's data include 60, 56, 58, 62, 61, 59 while Set B's data includes 60, 41, 76, 35, 65, 50. Which of the following is true of the two sets of scores above?
  26. 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?
  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 dependent variable in this experiment could be:
  28. 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:
  29. When the mean is distorted by a few extremely high scores making it greater than the median, the mean is referred to as being:
  30. John is comparing two variables and finds that the correlation is +.8. He would be justified in making which of the following conclusions:
  31. Which of the following is not true about a positive correlation between two variables?
  32. Which of the following is not true about a negative correlation between two variables?
  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 dependent variable in this experiment could be:
  35. Publishing the names of research participants to the general public would violate what ethical guideline?