Exam #3 Practice Scenarios

1.  A group of cheerleaders are performing one of those pyramid-thingies where they kneel on each others' backs.  This task requires a great deal of balance and stamina.  What sort of task is this and why?

2.  Two siblings, Peter and Jan, have to share the same car.  Their parents allow them to set their own schedule for sharing the car with one exception: anytime that they both want the car and cannot agree on who gets to use it, neither of them get to use it that day.  Will Peter and Jan's ability to threaten each other (e.g., "if you donít let me have the car today I'll just say I want it every day this week and neither of us will get it.") lead them to demonstrate greater cooperativeness?

3.  12 Michigan State students want to flip over a car and set it on fire because that's the official pastime of East Lansing.  What type of task is the car-flipping?

4.  Jack and Diane are high school students who met at the Tasty Freeze.  When they see each other, their blood starts to boil and they can hardly contain their excitement.  They rarely talk about anything of substance (such as what it's like to hold on to 16 as long as they can... changes come around real soon make them women and men...) and they date other people when they are not together.  How would you classify their relationship using Sternbergís triangle of love?

5.  Jack spends most of his time working out because he's gonna be a football star.  When he's not doing that, he tends to have multiple romantic interests and he sees love as a game.  Which of Hendrick & Hendrick's love styles applies best to him?

6.  Diane always gets worried that her romantic partners are going to leave her.  She gets so involved in every relationship that her enthusiasm sometimes scares her partners away.  What attachment style does Diane problem have?

7.  José is walking on South U where he notices a man lying face-down in the street.  What will influence whether or not he interprets the event as an emergency?  What will determine whether or not he assumes responsibility?  And what will determine whether or not he decides to offer help and intervene in the end?

8.  Consider the ABC's of psychology (affect, behavior, cognitive).  Match each of those concepts up with one of the following: stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

9.  Assume 20% of the student population at Michigan went to private high school and 80% went to public school.  Also assume that 10% of students from both private and public schools wind up on academic probation their first term.  Research on illusory correlation suggests that we will overestimate the frequency with which ____________ (private/public) school students _____ (do/don't) wind up on probation.

10.  My Monday and Wednesday sections hate each other and both demonstrate ingroup/outgroup bias.  When all 60 students (remember, this is hypothetical) show up to the review session, the tension is palpable.  I then split the room up into two teams-- men and women-- to play a review game.  After the review session, what would you predict about the Monday and Wednesday sections' opinions of one another?

11.  The grandwizard of the KKK and the president of the ACLU agree to participate in your study.  The Modern Racism scale confirms that the wizard is higher in prejudice than the ACLU prez.  When you ask them to list as many aspects of the African-American stereotype as they can, who should list more according to research done by Devine?

12.  You ask a personality psychologist what is essential to being a good leader.  Would she be more likely to endorse the Contingency Theory of Leadership or the Great Person Theory?  Why?

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