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Example Multiple Choice Questions for:

PS51006A Biological & Comparative Approaches to Psychology (½ cu, 1 hour)

Below you will find 10 example multiple choice questions. The multiple choice questions in the final exam will follow that same format as shown below (i.e., a choice must be made out of four alternatives). There will be a total of 50 questions in the one- hour examination.

1. When graphed over time, the complex electrical event known as the action

potential looks something like this:

100 100 Voltage in Voltage in 50 millivolts 50 millivolts 0 0 -50 -50 -100
100
100
Voltage in
Voltage in
50
millivolts
50
millivolts
0
0
-50
-50
-100
-100
Time in milliseconds
Time in milliseconds
A
B
200
0
Voltage in
Voltage in
millivolts
millivolts
150
-50
100
100
50
-150
0
-200
Time in milliseconds
Time in milliseconds
C
D

2.

The lock-and-key model accounts for:

a)

the existence of neurotransmitters

b)

the summation of excitation and inhibition in postsynaptic neurons

c)

the fact that specific neurotransmitters stimulate specific postsyntaptic neurons

d)

the release of neurotransmitters from synaptic vesicles

3.

Which of the following should be found in post-mortem (or biopsy) examination of

an Alzheimer patient’s brain

a) Neurofibrillary tangles

b) Cortical atrophy

c) Amyloid plaques

4.

Which of the following can be used to assess brain anatomy:

a)

MRI, fMRI and PET

b)

CT Scan and MRI

c)

PET, CT Scan and MRI

d)

MRI and fMR

5.

Which of the drugs below would be expected to produce the positive of schizophrenia?

symptoms

a)

amphetamine

b)

L-DOPA

c)

cocaine

d)

all of the above are correct

6.

Which of the following is not a consequence of increases in the sympathetic nervous system?

a)

Dilated pupils

b)

secretion of adrenalin and noradrenalin

c)

constricted bronchi

d)

dilated bronchi

7.

Which of the following provides information about location

a)

pitch

b)

timbre

c)

amplitude

d)

all of the above

8.

According to the kin selection hypothesis:

a)

animals are more likely to choose close kin rather than unrelated individuals as mates.

b)

altruistic behaviour should be more likely among relatives than among unrelated individuals.

c)

reciprocal altruism is observed only between closely related individuals.

d)

None of the above is correct.

9.

The Darwinian principle of natural selection implies that:

a)

social behaviour cannot be subject to evolution because it is not inherited

b)

in the struggle to survive and reproduce, human beings are self-centred and solitary creatures restrained only by the constraints imposed by society

c)

coupled with principles of ethology and genetics, social and altruistic behaviour will evolve as long as there is appropriate display or communication

d)

social and altruistic behaviour may evolve only if it serves to increase the frequencies of the genes of the animal showing this behaviour

10. Features of the human infant, such as the smile, cries, upturned nose, and chubby cheeks, are:

a) releasers of parental behaviour

b) the stimuli through which we learn to recognize specific children

c) the vehicles for the establishment of basic trust

d) instances of distress display

Answers will be provided in the tutorial on multiple choice questions in the Spring Term. See the section on Tutorial Topics and Recommended Reading for more details.