Unit 6/7 Test Information

Also known as The Stupid Test That Keeps Moving And Changing Becasue Mr. Izzy Keeps Going To Singapore, or TSTTKMACBMIKGTS, this test will primarily cover information from chapters 8 and 9 (learning and memory).

There will be no after school study sessions due to my travel/absence. You may, as always, post questions for me. Please do so on this page. Usually we've done this as thread, but this time let's just edit this page.


Directions: Answer one of the following questions. It is not enough to answer a question by merely listing facts. You should present a cogent argument based on your critical analysis of the question posed, using appropriate psychological terminology.

  • Using what you know about observational learning and psychology in general, explain what observational learning is and how television can influence sexual behavior, drug use, and violent behavior.

  • You’ve started your own psychology consulting business. Explain to each of the following customers how operant conditioning can be used to help them. Be sure to include at least one detailed original suggestion (not from the book) for each customer.
  • Customer 1: High school principal and coach.
  • Customer 2: Owner of a small coffee shop with several employees.
  • Customer 3: Mother of two children and homemaker.

  • As a world renowned psychologist, you’ve been asked to give a presentation about memory construction and false memories to a group of law students. What information will you present to them?

Questions for Mr. Izzy and Mr. Izzy's Responses

Q: Mr. Izzy, can you give us the "guided tour" to the essay questions like you do in the study sessions?
A: Sure, no problemo. For the first question, check out pages 336–340, 301–304, 471–474, and the Research Evaluation called See Aggression, Do Aggression. For question #2, pages 321–335 (along with your amazing creativity) should do the trick. Question number three can be found 372–380 and the Research Evaluation called Thanks for the Memories.

Q: Mr. Izzy, do you have any good hints (wink, wink) for the test?
A: Yes, I do. :-) Be sure to read and understand "Biological Predispositions" which starts on page 317, especially the stuff about John Garcia and his experiment with rats.

Q: What's the difference between mnemonics and imagery?
A: Imagery is just mental pictures. Mnemonics includes imagery and ways of organizing information. The (totally cool) memory trick I did in class the other day (one is a bun, two is a shoe, etc.) is an example of a mnemonic. Other mnemonic is the method of loci (page 351).

Q: What's the difference between misinformation effect and source amnesia? Misinformation effect is people misremembering after exposure to subtle misinformation... but what's source amnesia?
A: Your definition of misinformation effect is good. Source amnesia is when you know a piece of information, but you can't remember where you heard it. For example, I heard that you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, but I don't know if I read it, heard it froma doctor, see it on YouTube, etc.

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