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Can You Pass GCSE Psychology?

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

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

    Encoding
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    Encoding
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    Storage
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    Storage
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    Retrieval
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    Retrieval
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "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. 2.

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    That human memory has a limited storage capacity.
    That memory is a single system.
    That there are separate systems for long- and short-term memory.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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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    Ten.
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    Five.
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  4. 4.

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    The study of information contained in speech that does not come from the words themselves.
    The study of how language is interpreted in the mind.
    The study of how language develops in children.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "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. 5.

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    That the subjects thought the girl with dilated pupils looked more intelligent.
    That the subjects thought the girl with dilated pupils looked less intelligent.
    That the subjects thought the girl with dilated pupils looked more attractive.
    That the subjects thought the girl with dilated pupils looked less attractive.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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.

  6. 6.

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    Five
    Six
    Seven
    Eight
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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. 7.

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    Hans’s father’s moustache.
    Hans’s unconscious desire for a bigger penis.
    Hans’s unconscious desire to possess his mother.
    Hans’s unconscious desire to kill his father.
    Hans’s unconscious fear of his father as a rival.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Freud had some strange ideas.

  8. 8.

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    Hans’s father’s moustache.
    Hans’s unconscious desire for a bigger penis.
    Hans’s unconscious desire to possess his mother.
    Hans’s unconscious desire to kill his father.
    Hans’s unconscious fear of his father as a rival.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Freud had some really strange ideas.

  9. 9.

    The oral, anal, phallic, latent and genital stages.
    The unconscious, preconscious and conscious stages.
    The id, ego and superego stages.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Freud, man.

  10. 10.

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    A person or object that is attached to more than one emotion in your memory.
    An unknown or unknowable number.
    A visual image which can be interpreted in two more more ways.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The classic example is the "duck-rabbit illusion".

    The classic example is the "duck-rabbit illusion".
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    Resistance.
    Free association.
    Transference.
    Condensation.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Patients sometimes report being in love with their therapists, or having other strong feelings towards them. That is called "transference".

  12. 12.

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    Observing experimental subjects in their natural environment.
    How humans perceive the world in the absence of certain stimuli.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    As opposed to observing subjects in the laboratory.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

  13. 13.

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    Sex identity.
    Gender identity.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Sex identity" is biological, and determined by chromosomes and hormones.

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

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

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