Social Psychology Notebook Assignments

Notebook Assignment #1:  (Assigned 2/3/20)

Essay Question - Using full and complete sentences, write a narrative response telling about a time when you took a test that you felt was unfair.  Explain why you felt the test was unfair and what would have been a more fair method of testing.  DO NOT IDENTIFY A TEACHER OR INSTRICTOR’S NAME IN YOUR RESPONSE.  You are to focus on the test itself or the interpretation of the results, not on the classroom teacher.  This is due on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Notebook Assignment #2:  (Assigned 2/4/20)

Read pages 343-347 in your textbook covering Chapter 13 Section 1 entitled “Characteristics of Psychological Tests”  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

1.  Define the following terms:  reliability, validity, percentile system, norms

2.  In order for a test to be fair it must be what? (Hint: there are three things.)

3.  List and explain the three ways in which a test’s reliability can be measured.

4.  Say you took a test that showed you are better at math than 60% of everyone else who took the test.  You took the test again a month later, and it said that you are better than 61% of others who took the test.  Is this test reliable?  Explain why or why not.

5.  What is one of the chief methods or measuring validity?

6.  What two things does standardization refer to?

7.  If you scored at the 60th percentile on a standardized test, what does this mean?

Notebook Assignment #3:  (Assigned 2/6/20)

Read pages 348-357  in your textbook covering Chapter 13 Section 2 entitled “Intelligence Testing”  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Monday, February 10, 2020.

1.  Define the following terms:  intelligence, two-factor theory, triarchic theory, emotional intelligence, intelligence quotient (IQ), hereditability, cultural bias

2.  According to Charles Spearman, what two factors contribute to a person’s intelligence?

3.  L.L. Thurstone proposed that intelligence is composed of seven primary mental abilities.  What are these abilities?

4.  According to Howard Gardner, what is body-kinesthetic ability?

5.  According Robert Strenberg’s triarchic theory, what kind of thinking is required to deal with a situation you have never before encountered?

6.  What type of intelligence includes the ability to use emotions while thinking?

7.  Why was the first IQ test developed?

8.  What did Alfred Binet use as a basis for selecting test items?

9.  What was Alfred Binet’s definition of a “slow-learner”?

10.  How was IQ originally computed?

11.  In general, the way norms are established for intelligence tests, most people score near what number?

12.  What issues are at the heart of the debate over IQ testing?

13.  What did studies of identical twins separated at birth show about genes and intelligence?

14.  What might cause cultural bias on an intelligence test?

Notebook Assignment #4:  (Assigned 2/12/20)

Read pages 359-362  in your textbook covering Chapter 13 Section 3 entitled “Measuring Acheivement, Abilities, and Interests”  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

1.  Define the following terms:  aptitude test, achievement test, interest test

2.  What do aptitude tests try to measure?

3. If you took the GATB, what would the results tell you?

4.  What is the SAT designed to predict?

5.  How are achievement and aptituide tests usually distinguished from each other?

6.  What is an adaptive test?  What is its purpose?

7.  What is the purpose of an interest test?

8.  How are the questions on interest tests fundamentally different from those on intelligence tests?

9.  How does an interest test predict that you will enjoy a particular occupation?

Notebook Assignment #5:  (Assigned 2/26/20)

Read pages 363-368  in your textbook covering Chapter 13 Section 4 entitled “Personality Testing”  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

1.  Define the following terms:  personality test, objective test, projective test

2.  What are personality tests used for?

3. Why are objective personality tests called “forced-choice” tests?

4.  What was the MMPI designed to do?

5.  How did the test makers select items for the MMPI?

6.  What was the CPI developed to do?

7.  How does the Meyers-Briggs test characterize personality?

8.  How do the questions on projective personality tests differ from those on objective tests?

9.  What does the Rorschach test use as its projective device?

10.  What is the theory behind the Rorschach test?

11.  On the TAT, what are test takers asked to do?

Notebook Assignment #6:  (Assigned 3/4/20)

Read pages 375-377  in your textbook covering Chapter 14 Section 1 entitled “Purposes of Personality Theories”.  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

1.  What is the “something” inside people that makes them think, feel, and act differently from one another?

2.  What do all personality theorists look for?

3. What are three ways that theorists might try to explain the differences among individuals?

4.  What do persoanlity theorists try to find out about how people conduct their lives?

5.  How do theories relate to research?

6.  What do psychoanalytic theories emphasize?

7.  What do behaviorists study?

8.  What is the focus of cognitive theorists?

9.  Name two prominent humanistic theorists.

Notebook Assignment #7:  (Assigned 3/10/20)

Read pages 378-386  in your textbook covering Chapter 14 Section 2 entitled “Psychoanalytic Personality Theories”.  While reading, answer the questions listed below in your notebook.  Be sure to write out all questions and answers completely in full sentence form.  This assignment is due on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

1.  What did Sigmund Freud believe happens to our memories of past experiences, especially painful ones?

2.  How does the id show itself in infants?

3. Which part of personality is your conscience?

4.  Which part of your personality serves to temper the other two parts?

5.  Are defense mechanisms good or bad?  Explain.

6.  What happens to repressed feelings?

7.  When someone refuses to wear a seatbelt because “an accident won’t happen to me”, what defense mechanism is the person using?

8.  What is a socially acceptable way to channel aggressive feelings?

9.  According to Freud, how does the ego operate in a healthy person?

10.  In what two major ways did Carl Jung disagree with Freud?

11.  What did Alfred Adler believe to be a driving force in people’s lives?

12.  According to Adler, how do children begin to overcome feelings of inferiority?

13.  According to Adler, how does over-pampering a child affect that child’s personality in adulthood?

14.  What did Karen Horney believe about Freud’s idea of parent-child conflict?

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