Do you know your psychology IQ? While I’d hardly call myself a psychology genius by any means, I have been teaching psychology courses continuously at the college level since 1994. And I recently wrote the book Own Your Psychology Major! A Guide to Student Success (published by the American Psychology Association). So I figure I know a thing or two.
Based on this experience, I thought it’d be useful to put together a straightforward quiz to help people gauge their basic knowledge of the field of psychology. Good luck!
Take this 10-item psychology IQ test to gauge your understanding of psychological concepts.
1. Piaget’s ideas on cognitive development largely focus on which of the following:
- A. How young adults come to understand abstract philosophical concepts
- B. How young adults come to understand technical concepts such as algebra
- C. How young children come to understand dimensions of the physical world, such as volume
- D. How young children come develop social and emotional skills
2. Classic research on social influence, such as Stanley Milgram’s work on obedience to authority, generally showed that ______.
- A. people are often highly susceptible to situational and social influences in terms of their actions
- B. people are generally highly independent in their thinking and are largely unaffected by social and situational influences
- C. the personality trait of extraversion plays the largest role in shaping how people are influenced by social situations
- D. the personality trait of emotional stability plays the largest role in shaping how people are influenced by social situations
3. The evolutionary perspective in psychology suggests that many behavioral patterns in humans ______.
- A. were shaped to help the species of Homo sapiens survive relative to other species
- B. were shaped by evolutionary forces to facilitate survival and/or reproduction of individuals
- C. are exclusively the result of social-constructionist processes
- D. are unrelated to such forces as natural and sexual selection
4. Nerve cells, also called ____, release chemicals called _____ which underlie psychological phenomena.
- A. t-cells; hydroblasts
- B. neurons; hydroblasts
- C. t-cells; neurotransmitters
- D. neurons; neurotransmitters
5. Experimental methods, including such processes as random assignment to conditions, are largely designed to allow researchers to see ______.
- A. if two variables are causally related to one another
- B. if two variables are negatively correlated with one another
- C. the effects of dispositional influences on behavior
- D. the effects of demographic factors on behavior
6. In terms of visual perception, animals that are largely nocturnal tend to have disproportionately high numbers of these cells in their retinas:
- A. t-cells
- B. b-cells
- C. rods
- D. cones
7. The field of psychology that largely focuses on psychological processes as they play out in the workplace and in organizational contexts is known as which of the following?
- A. Office Science
- B. Counseling Psychology
- C. Political/Educational Psychology
- D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
8. Work on attachment styles in young children generally relates to how securely children are attached to ______.
- A. their friends
- B. their toys and pets
- C. their caregivers
- D. adults in general
9. Which of the following is NOT considered one of the “Big 5” personality traits (traits thought to underlie most of the traits that characterize human personality)?
- A. open-mindedness
- B. emotional intelligence
- C. neuroticism
- D. extraversion
10. Freud’s brand of therapy, known as psychoanalysis, is famous for largely focusing on which of the following:
- A. learning processes
- B. the unconscious
- C. cognitive-behavioral outcomes
- D. operant conditioning
1. C: Piaget’s famous work focused on how children develop in terms of their understanding of the physical world, such as how they come to learn about the volume of liquids.
2. A: Classic work on the topic of social influence by researchers such as Stanley Milgram is famous for showing how highly influenced human behavior is by situational and social factors that are external to the person.