Welcome to the first of three micro-courses that jointly make up the Introduction to Psychology 1 course.

assessment

Prior Psychology Knowledge Quiz

One of the nice things about studying psychology is that, unlike with the study of something like, say, deep sea marine life, you already have years of your own human experience of thinking, choosing, and behaving to reflect on (not to mention all the time you have spent observing others around you live, breathe, think, choose, and behave).

Having said that, given the diversity of experience across students who might take this course, it will be useful for you to begin by taking the following general psychology knowledge quiz to see just how much your experience has translated into accurate psychological knowledge.

Please mark each of the following statements as either “True” or “False”:

  • Playing Mozart’s music to infants boosts their intelligence
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Most people only use 10% of their brain
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Individuals commonly repress memories of traumatic events
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Students learn best when teaching styles are matched to their learning styles
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • The polygraph test Is an accurate means of detecting dishonesty
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • We are most attracted to people who differ from us

    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • The more people present at an emergency, the greater the chance that someone will intervene

    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • People’s responses to inkblots reveal a lot about their personality
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Electroconvulsive (shock) therapy is dangerous
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Adult children of alcoholics have a distinctive profile of symptoms
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Psychiatric admissions and crimes rise during full moons

    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • It’s better to express anger to others than to hold it in
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Men and women communicate in completely different ways

    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Some people are left-brained, others are right-brained

    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Adolescence is inevitably a time of psychological turmoil
    • True
      • Incorrect. This is a common misconception. Click here to learn more about myths in popular psychology.
    • False
      • Correct.

activity

Watch a video

Watch this brief video that provides a quick overview of 10 myths about psychology (some of which are listed in the quiz you just completed):

activity

Watch a video

In addition to helping you to learn more about human behaviour, an education in psychology can also help you with is improving your study skills (for all of your courses).

  1. Read this brief blog post that provides a quick overview of six strategies for effective learning (once again, based on empirical research in psychology).
  2. Next, watch this brief video that provides a series of effective study strategies based on empirical research in psychology: