This AP Psychology practice test covers sensation and perception. For this portion of the AP exam you will need to be familiar with thresholds and signal detection theory, attention, sensory mechanisms, and perceptual processes. Start your test prep right now with our free quiz questions.
Although Robert was sitting right next to his wife, he smelled a skunk minutes before she did. Apparently, Robert has a lower ________ for skunk odor than his wife.
After feeling the cold water against your skin when you first jump into the pool, after a few minutes, you no longer feed cold. This best illustrates:
Gate Control Theory
What is the process by which we recognize, interpret, and organize our sensations?
What are the two types of receptors in the eye?
Cones and rods
Disks and rods
Cones and poles
Rods and poles
Disks and cones
What carries information for the rods and cones back out to the ganglion cells and then to the brain?
Jenny likes to look at the stars at night. Since it is dark, she uses which cells in the eye to get a good look?
A condition under which a person experiences the Gestalt phenomenon called “closure” would involve
A circle with approximately 1/8th of its line omitted
A square with diagonal lines going to opposite corners
A triangle with a dot in the middle
Pete is looking at a number of circles on a piece of paper. When he views the circles from one angle, the circles look like craters. When he rotates the page and looks from a different angle, the craters look like bumps. What is the source of this change in his perception of the circles?
Light and shadow
Of the following, which is a monocular cue for depth perception?
Jerry is looking at a two-dimensional picture of a railroad track. It appears as if the track is heading off into the distance. What explains this phenomenon?
In another two-dimensional picture of a railroad track, a small object is perceived by a person as a train. This is an example of which of the following?
What is the phi phenomenon?
An important part of telekinesis.
It deals with experiences common to the state of alpha-wave relaxation.
It occurs in response to a spot of light in a darkened room.
It occurs in response to sequentially flashing lights.
It relates to electrical stimulation in the brain.
A physical stimulus is converted into a neural impulse through the process known as:
“Umami” is defined as:
A small membrane separating parts of the ear
A sex hormone
A species of chimpanzee distantly related to humans
A neurotransmitter present in the neuromuscular junction
One of the five basic tastes, sensed by a specialized receptor on the human tongue.
Tripp has just been presented with a 1,100 Hz tone. As the frequency is slowly increased, Tripp is instructed to tell the experimenter when he notices a difference in pitch. At 1,150 Hz, Tripp reports noticing a difference. Therefore, we can confirm that 50 Hz is Tripp’s
Karen can detect the position of her leg and foot as she walks. This feedback arises by way of which sense?
A picture of 2 distinct arrows, <−−> and >−−<, are perceived to be of different lengths even though they are not. What is this illusion called?
In the 1800s, Thomas Young and Hermann von Helmholtz proposed a theory of perception. With what is the Young-Helmholtz theory concerned?
Size vs. shape