This AP Psychology practice test covers the biological bases of behavior. You should be familiar with physiological techniques, functions of the nervous system, neural transmission, neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, the endocrine system, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. Our free practice quiz is a great place to start your test prep.
As Jill walked toward the stage to give her speech that is a large part of her course grade, her heartbeat accelerated, her blood pressure rose, and she began to sweat. Jill’s state of arousal was activated by what part of the autonomic nervous system?
What brain structure provides the major link between the nervous system and the endocrine system?
Which part of the cerebral cortex directs the muscle movements involved in producing speech?
What parts make up the central nervous system (CNS)?
Tendons and muscles
Joints and all the axons in the body
Brain and spinal cord
The sense organs
Lens and cornea
A squirrel fails to react with fear to a signal of impending shock if they have suffered damage to the:
The lateralization of brain function indicates that spoken language functions are generally found in which of the following:
In some neurons, the axon is insulated by the:
The term all or none response is descriptive of:
Autonomic system functioning
The neural impulse
Communication between hemispheres
The release of hormones
Movement of neurotransmitters across the synapse
Sensory motor responses that are innate, automatic and typically of short duration are:
Humans have approximately 70,000 genes that are arranged on how many pairs of chromosomes?
The term “soma” is synonymous with:
In 2001, scientists finished assembling the complete inventory of all human genes. What is this called?
A stroke patient is shown a vacation snapshot, which she describes as “man… tall… woman… hat… mountain… smiles.” This patient is most likely suffering from which of the following conditions?
Damage to their medulla
A severed corpus callosum
The somatosensory area of the cerebral cortex is responsible for our sense of:
As the result of a cerebral hemorrhage, a patient lost the ability to breathe and died. An autopsy will show damage to what part of the brain?
Which of the following is not a neurotransmitter?
Complete the analogy — left hemisphere is to right hemisphere as:
Balance is to movement
Broca’s area is to Wernicke’s area
Hearing is to speaking
Language functioning is to spatial ability
Sensation is to action
Reid was unable to walk in a coordinated fashion due to damage to a particular part of his brain. Where did this damage most likely occur?
What part of the brain has been surgically cut in “split-brain” patients?
Which hormone, secreted by the pineal gland, increases when periods of darkness begin and promotes feelings of drowsiness?
A drug that enhances the effect of a neurotransmitter by enhancing its effects for example by delaying its breakdown in the synapse is referred to as?
An excitatory postsynaptic potential
An inhibitory postsynaptic potential
Which of the following neurological disorders is associated with a deficiency of acetylcholine?
Which of the following changes is not caused by the activation of the sympathetic nervous system?
Acceleration of heart action
Decrease in digestive secretions
Dilation of pupils
Opening of respiratory passages