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Challenging Psych Questions
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:58:49 am »
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As the subject suggests, this is a thread for psych questions that are challenging (/ most of the state got wrong). Don't worry if you get these wrong - have a go and see if they can help you learn and refine your responses! :)

Please put your answers in spoilers so that others can also have a go without being influenced by your response :) 
Good luck & here's the first set:
Set 1
1. Alex swims competitively. The area of the brain that would store Alex's memory of how to swim would be:
a) Hippocampus
b) Amygdala
c) Cerebellum
d) Cerebral Cortex

2. Sally was sitting around a campfire when a spider crawled onto her foot. She swiftly wacked it away and felt her heart rate increase. Later, she was rearranging wood in the fire and involuntarily jerked her arm away. She then saw that she has a blister forming on her hand.

a) What division of the nervous system was responsible for her wacking the spider away, and what type of response did she display? (2 marks)

b) Explain Sally's response when she jerked her arm away from the fire. ( 3 marks)


3. Describe what an antagonist is ( 2 marks)     [ this wasn't  directly a question BUT VCAA assumed people knew this and very few people did]


4. This is a pretty big question, and when I did this exam I considered it one of the hardest questions in there - but it doesn't require any year 12 specific knowledge! I'm going to link you the exam and please go to question 5 c iii    ( most of the state didn't get full marks for c i either and you should be able to do that one too )
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Re: Challenging Psych Questions
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 11:26:31 am »
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As the subject suggests, this is a thread for psych questions that are challenging (/ most of the state got wrong). Don't worry if you get these wrong - have a go and see if they can help you learn and refine your responses! :)

Please put your answers in spoilers so that others can also have a go without being influenced by your response :) 
Good luck & here's the first set:
Set 1
1. Alex swims competitively. The area of the brain that would store Alex's memory of how to swim would be:
a) Hippocampus
b) Amygdala
c) Cerebellum
d) Cerebral Cortex

2. Sally was sitting around a campfire when a spider crawled onto her foot. She swiftly wacked it away and felt her heart rate increase. Later, she was rearranging wood in the fire and involuntarily jerked her arm away. She then saw that she has a blister forming on her hand.

a) What division of the nervous system was responsible for her wacking the spider away, and what type of response did she display? (2 marks)

b) Explain Sally's response when she jerked her arm away from the fire. ( 3 marks)


3. Describe what an antagonist is ( 2 marks)     [ this wasn't  directly a question BUT VCAA assumed people knew this and very few people did]


4. This is a pretty big question, and when I did this exam I considered it one of the hardest questions in there - but it doesn't require any year 12 specific knowledge! I'm going to link you the exam and please go to question 5 c iii    ( most of the state didn't get full marks for c i either and you should be able to do that one too )
Haven't done psych before, so I am only very vauge for these questions, however I do think I know Question 1, so I will answer that:
question 1
a) hippocampus
Its a pretty sad effort, but oh well ;D
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Re: Challenging Psych Questions
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 11:50:26 am »
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Haven't done psych before, so I am only very vauge for these questions, however I do think I know Question 1, so I will answer that:
question 1
a) hippocampus
Its a pretty sad effort, but oh well ;D

feedback on answer
The hippocampus is involved in consolidation (making the memory) of explicit memories (eg, facts you know, memories of events) and doesn't really act as a storage site.

Since 4 c iii is based on scientific reasoning rather than any particular psych knowledge you could have shot at that one, if you're interested :)
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Re: Challenging Psych Questions
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 12:11:04 pm »
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haven't learnt the areas of the brain, only the lobes and cortices so will skip q1
2a) somatic nervous system, sympathetic response
b) Sensory neurons in Sally's arm detected and responded to potentially damaging heat from the fire, then relayed the information to interneurons within the spinal cord, which then sent it to motor neurons that initiated a motor response to withdraw the arm.
3) haven't learnt yet, but is it something that hinders a postsynaptic neuron from firing?
4i) matched participants design, minimises participant variables (i was only taught human research methods so idk if the terms apply to animals)
iii) The P+S group performed worst out of all four groups, as displayed by a lower mood and more maze trials.The P-S, C+S, C-S groups, however, all performed similarly, indicating that the intake of caffeine, or the placebo, may mitigate the effect of stress on mood and memory. Dr Cunha was thus able to conclude that there exists a casual link between caffeine consumption and stress prevention.
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Re: Challenging Psych Questions
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 12:37:46 pm »
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I'm just beginning 1/2 psych, so I'll have a crack at 5 c iii. No idea if I've done this right!
5 c iii.
The comparison of the results of the P+S and P-S show that stress affects the memory and ability of the mice to learn the maze. The comparison of the results of the C+S and C-S groups show that the effect of stress on memory is minimal as the results of each test are similar. The differing results of P+S and C+S shows that the effect of stress on mood and memory is affected by caffeine. As the results of both of the C groups were alike to the results of the P-S group, caffeine consumption appears to prevent the effect of stress on mood and memory as the caffeine inhibits adenosine (not too sure about that) thus avoiding the impairment of memory function.

Thanks for doing this, miniturtle! :)
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Re: Challenging Psych Questions
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 11:39:07 am »
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1) The cerebellum? Out of all these parts only learnt about the cerebellum and cerebral cortex, but remembered the cerebellum is associated with balance and fine motor movements, while the cerebral cortex also contains the motor cortex that is responsible for voluntary movements so I'm not sure