Practice Test #2
Potential Short Answer Questions
1.) What does it mean to say that the probability of two outcomes
of each other?
2.) According to Stanovich, people have the tendency to invert
probabilities. Explain what this means and provide an example.
3.) Jerry is interested in the effects of watching violent TV on
behavior. He has college students watch 0, 5, or 10 hours of violent
in one week. At the end of the week he then has them come into the lab
and work on a difficult problem with an incompetent assistant. He then
measures the number of times they yell at or put down the assistant.
What is the potential research hypothesis of this study?
What is the potential null hypothesis?
What is the potential alternative hypothesis?
4.) When would one use a one-tailed p value rather than a
5.) Draw a 2 X 2 table indicating the combinations in which a
makes Type I errors, Type II errors and correct decisions
6.) Differentiate between quantitative and qualitative methods of observation.
7.) Name three characteristics that differentiate the systematic observations
of the researcher from the casual observations of the layman.
8.) What is the difference between laboratory experimentation and field
9.) What is one of the main reasons for researchers deciding to use a forced-choice
10.) Name the three broad types of rating scales.
11.) List four potential errors associated with using correlational research.
12.) Provide an example of the directionality problem.
13.) Briefly describe how partial correlation used to resolve the third
14.) What is the difference between random and systematic errors?
15.) Draw one scatterplot using a minimum of 10 data points that is consistent
with a high negative correlation.
16.) Name 4 threats to internal validity and provide an example of one of them.
17.) What is a convenience sample?
18.) Why does Stanovich claim that the "college sophomore problem" is no longer a problem?