PSYC 100 College of San Mateo Psychology Paper




1.In the context of Jean Piaget’s cognitive development theory, identify an accurate statement about the concrete operational stage of cognitive development.

Multiple Choice

  • Children engage in animistic thinking.

  • Children are able to reverse events.

  • Children develop scientific reasoning, and formal logic becomes possible.

  • Children start to display object permanence.

2.Young brains are more plastic and more sensitive to stimulation to the outside world because they have less

Multiple Choice

  • gray matter.

  • number of neurons.

  • number of axons.

  • myelin.

3. Identify an accurate statement about pregnancy sickness.

Multiple Choice

  • Pregnancy sickness occurs when an embryo is least vulnerable to teratogens.

  • Pregnancy sickness is worst during the first three months of prenatal development.

  • Substances such as coffee help reduce pregnancy sickness.

  • Pregnancy sickness is also known as “evening sickness.”


Which of the following statements is true about the germinal stage of prenatal development?

Multiple Choice

  • It lasts for about six weeks.

  • It is the last stage of prenatal development.

  • It is the stage where sensory organs develop.

  • It is marked by the division of the single-celled zygote.


Which of the following statements is true about people who sleepwalk?

Multiple Choice

  • People who sleepwalk do not engage in activities that normally occur during wakefulness.

  • People who sleepwalk are easy to rouse.

  • People who sleepwalk are likely to be acting out a dream.

  • People who sleepwalk do not remember having been up.

6. Which of the following statements is a cognitive perspective on consciousness?

Multiple Choice

  • Consciousness is a global workspace.

  • Consciousness is an inherent property of the brain.

  • Conscious awareness occurs when neurons from many distinct brain regions work distinctly.

  • Consciousness processes all kinds of information all the time.


Which of the following is a danger of using MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphet­amine)?

Multiple Choice

  • Increased risk of depression with repeated use

  • Fast processing time on cognitive tasks

  • Excess of serotonin in certain areas of the brain

  • Excess of endorphins in certain areas of the brain


In the context of sleep disorders, which of the following is the cause of obstructive apnea?

Multiple Choice

  • Disruptions of REM sleeping patterns

  • Weak facial and limb muscles

  • Abnormalities in brain structures that control breathing

  • Airflow blockage

8.Which of the following statements is a unique characteristic of Stage 2 of non-REM sleep?

Multiple Choice

  • It is marked by slow, low-energy sleep spindles.

  • It is marked by sudden, high-energy K-complexes.

  • More and more delta waves appear at this stage than at Stage 1.

  • More and more alpha waves appear at this stage than at Stage 1.

9. In the context of the threaded cognition theory, when does a bottleneck develop in the attempt to access consciousness?

Multiple Choice

  • When one temporarily attends to information at hand or deemed important

  • When tasks compete for access to the workspace of consciousness

  • When the spotlight of attention lands on the contents of one’s mind

  • When, for the moment, one knows what he or she is working with, feeling, and thinking

10 is defined as a sleeping disorder characterized by brief pauses in breath­ing during sleep.

Multiple Choice

  • Cataplexy

  • Sleep apnea

  • Sleepwalking

  • Insomnia


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