Study Guide Exam 4                         Friday, December 11            Psychology 200

The exam is online via iLearn; 8a-12 noon; 50 question, 60 minutes limit.

You may use one page, one side of handwritten notes during your test.


It is best to study by understanding concepts and their connections and think of examples rather than facts and definitions. The questions will be conceptual and applied in nature.


Chapter 9: Development

-how does the brain develop as you grow older?

-how can brain development be effected by substance abuse during development? What are teratagens

-what can child neglect or maltreatment do to brain development?

-what are the various attachment styles? Why is attachment important?

-explain the strange-situation test.

-what is assimilation? Accommodation?

-what are Piaget’s stages of cognitive development?  What happens in each stage?

-what is conservation? 

-theory of mind?

-what are some characteristics of a stage theory in developmental psychology?

-what are Erikson’s stages of human development?

-what are the levels of moral development (Kohlberg)?

-what changes occur with aging?

-what are the styles of parenting?

-what is sensitive care?

-what is meant by dynamic theory of development? 



Chapter 12: Social Psychology

-know key points from film Exploring Human Nature (AV 70092)

-what is the difference between an implicit and an explicit attitude? How do attitudes get formed?

-how does effort justification affect attitudes, i.e. its connection to cognitive dissonance

-what is meant by personal space? How does it vary? What are other important non verbal cues?

-what are the characteristics of peripheral versus central routes to persuasion?

-what is the actor-observer bias and how does it effect how we view our actions and those of others?

-what are stereotype? What is the difference between prejudice, discrimination, and racism?

-what is in-group bias?

-with regard to the presence others, how are we likely to react when we are stressed and anxious?

-how does the presence of others affect us and how we perform on a task because of their presence? What about group work?

-what is meant by reciprocity and how is it important in human relations?

-how do conformity, obedience, compliance differ?

-Milgram’ basic findings on obedience?

-what causes aggression?

-what influences helping behaviors…how does reciprocity affect helping?

-what is bystander apathy?

-what characteristics are linked to attractiveness?

-know Sternberg’s styles of relationships

-what are the characteristics of long term happy relationships?


Ch 11: Stress and health (p. 468-490)

-What is the flight or fight response? How might it be different in females? How is it mediated?

-What is GAS?

-What types of stressors are most stressful? why?

-psychosocial factors that relate to health

-What are the components of Type A personality? What is the link to heart disease?

-What are the different types of lymphocytes?

-What neurochemical responses are involved in stress?

-How does stress affect the immune system?

-What is the difference between primary and secondary appraisal?

-What positive cognitive strategies are involved in appraisal?

-How do emotion centered and cognitive centered coping vary?

-What are the characteristics of a hardy personality?

 -lecture information