What’s Your Psychology IQ? Find Out With This 10 Item Test

Your Psychology IQ

3. B: The evolutionary perspective in psychology focuses on a Darwinian perspective, which addresses how behavioral attributes can be thought of as adaptations that help to facilitate survival and reproduction of individuals within a species. 

4. D: The nervous system is comprised of millions of nerve cells called neurons that release chemicals called neurotransmitters that underlie psychological phenomena.   

5. A: Experimental methods in psychology are designed to see if two variables are causally related to one another (in other words, to see if scores on Y are caused by scores on X). 

6. C: Rods on the retina largely serve the function of facilitating vision under low-light conditions. Many nocturnal animals have high proportions of rods on their retinas as an adaptation to such conditions. 

7. D: Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the sub-field that focuses on psychological processes in work and organizational contexts. 

8. C: Work on attachment styles in children primarily focuses on how children are behavioral attached to their caregivers. 

9. B: The Big Five personality traits are extraversion, neuroticism, open-mindedness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. Emotional intelligence is not one of them. 

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10. B: A core idea that underlies Freudian approaches to therapy is that of the unconscious. 

So how’d you do? Here is a quick guide to help give you a sense of your general psychology knowledge: 

9-10: Psychology ace! You probably majored in psychology and did really well in your classes. Congratulations!

7-8: Not bad! This is about how well a student who has mastered some psychology classes might score. 

5-6: Getting there! Seems like you have some psychology knowledge, but you have a bit to learn yet. 

4 or lower: You might want to read up on your psychology!


Geher, G. (2019). Own Your Psychology Major! A Guide to Student Success. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Written by: Glenn Geher, Ph.D.
Originally appeared on Psychology Today
Republished with permission
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