Chapter 3: Psychological Science

Short Answer/Essay Questions

Try these AFTER you have thoroughly studied the chapter.  You should not have to look back at the text to answer them (only to check your answer!).  Remember, the point is NOT to memorize parts of the textbook but rather to understand the material and describe it in your OWN WORDS.

If you are going to write more than a couple of paragraphs, think about the structure of your answer.

  1. What issues should be addressed when obtaining informed consent?
  2. Why can’t we draw causal conclusions from correlational data?  Explain with an example.
  3. Describe the four characteristics of a good theory.
  4. What are the key ingredients in an experiment?