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Can You Pass GCSE Psychology?

If all the questions were multiple choice. Questions adapted from past GCSE exam papers.

  1. 1. The process of making new memories is called:

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    "Encoding" is the brain taking information from the senses and turning it into a storable memory.

    "Storage" is the way that information is kept long-term. "Retrieval" is how it is found again when it's needed.

  2. Adam Przewoski / Unsplash / BuzzFeed
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    The "primacy" and "recency" effects are taken as evidence that the brain's memory storage is divided into short- and long-term areas.

    Short-term ("working") memory can hold information for about a minute. Long-term memory can hold it for a lifetime.

  3. 3. Roughly how many separate things can the average person store in short-term memory at once?

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    Your short-term memory can hold roughly seven chunks of information at once.

    A "chunk" might be a word or a number – so most people struggle to hold a number longer than seven digits in their mind.

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    "Paralinguistics" is the study of "paralanguage" – the things like tone of voice and body language that change how we interpret the words someone is saying.

  5. ThinkStock / BuzzFeed
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    People tended to judge that the picture with dilated pupils was more attractive.

    However, people didn't consciously notice the pupils, and didn't know why they thought the girl looked more attractive.

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    In a 1966 research paper, Charles Osgood said there are seven facial expressions universal to all humans.

    They are: surprise, happiness, fear, anger, sadness, interest, and disgust.

  7. Alex Wigan / Unsplash
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    Freud had some strange ideas.

  8. Maarten van der Heuvel / Unsplash / BuzzFeed
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    Freud had some really strange ideas.

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    Freud, man.

  10. Chetan Menaria / Unsplash / BuzzFeed
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    The classic example is the "duck-rabbit illusion".

    Via Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org
  11. Mike Giles / Unsplash / BuzzFeed
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    Patients sometimes report being in love with their therapists, or having other strong feelings towards them. That is called "transference".

  12. Pavel L / Unsplash
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    As opposed to observing subjects in the laboratory.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

  13. Josh Felise / Unsplash / BuzzFeed
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    "Sex identity" is biological, and determined by chromosomes and hormones.

    "Gender identity" is psychological, and determined by attitudes and behaviour.

These questions are adapted from AQA past exam papers for GCSE psychology.

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