This AP Psychology practice test covers developmental psychology. This is an important component of the AP curriculum, with key topics including the life-span approach, research methods, developmental theories, gender development, and the interaction of nature and nurture. You will also need to be familiar with the physical, cognitive, social, and moral dimensions of development. Start your test prep now with our developmental psychology quiz.
Although 3-year-old Austin happily explores the colorful toys located in the doctor’s office’s waiting room, he periodically returns to his mother’s side for brief moments. Austin is most clearly displaying what?
“I don’t care whether you want to cut the grass, you will do so, because I said so!” This statement is most indicative of what type of parenting style?
The process of developing a sense of identity during adolescence was highlighted by what developmental theory?
Harlow’s attachment theory
Erikson’s psychosocial development theory
Kubler-Ross’ stages of grief
Piaget’s cognitive development theory
Kohlberg’s moral development theory
What is the last stage of a human fertilized egg?
Which of the following is not one of Piaget’s stages of cognitive development?
Sensory and motor
In what level of morality might a person have an internal set of values that may conflict with societal values?
Both A & B
Both B & C
According to Freud, what is fixation?
Inability to move
The Oedipus Complex
Inability to move beyond a broken relationship
Persistence of anachronistic sexual traits
Research indicates that which factor may impact the development of sexual orientation?
Being assaulted or molested as a child
Fear of the opposite sex
Hormones during pregnancy
Grandma Edith knows you are studying psychology and asks you what physical changes she can expect to experience as she grows older. Which of the following statements is most accurate?
Her senses won’t change much but her memory will decline.
Sight, smell and hearing usually begin a steep decline around age 65.
She shouldn’t expect any changes until she reaches senile dementia.
There is no way to predict what will happen.
She will most certainly develop anterograde amnesia.
Which of the following is most likely to be influenced by a culture’s social clock?
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
Declining fluid intelligence
Going through menopause
Giving birth to a first child
Prevalence of Schizophrenia within the culture
Which of the following kinds of development would be least affected by early life experiences?
A second-grader develops the idea that all teachers are female because she only encounters female teachers. This idea is an example of what psychological concept?
Which stage is considered the critical period during prenatal development?
Experiments show that infants register the strongest preference for which one of the following visual stimuli?
The human face
Which play pattern is most prevalent among toddlers?
Theories of human development have been most criticized for placing too much emphasis on what?
Cognitive changes during adult development
Discrete age-linked stages
Maturation during adolescent development
Interaction of nature and nurture
Interpretations of observable behavior
Shelly is constantly seeking reassurance from her husband, Jack, concerning the stability of their relationship. Shelly likely formed what kind of attachment to her mother as a child?
All of the above
In which of the following ways did Erikson’s stage theory differ from Freud’s?
Freud and Erikson both theorized about psychosocial and psychosexual development.
Freud covered the entire life span while Erikson only went through early adulthood.
Freud dealt with the Oedipus complex and Erikson dealt with the Electra complex.
Freud theorized on psychosexual development, while Erikson theorized on psychosocial development.
Freud theorized on psychosocial development, while Erikson theorized on psychosexual development.
Elderly people are not increasingly susceptible to:
Common cold viruses
None of the above; the elderly are more susceptible to each of these.
Which sense is most dominant at birth?
Jacqueline has no meaningful occupational goals and has switched college majors several times. Erikson would have suggested that Jacqueline lacks:
From the perspective of Erik Erikson, why are life stages important?
Each involves a crisis or dilemma.
Each is an expression of biological programming.
Each signals a new stage of cognitive development.
Their failure to appear is evidence of psychopathology.
None of the above.
Cody, a 9-month-old, has learned that his Daddy has two legs, glasses, and is losing his hair. One day at the grocery stores, while passing a bald man with glasses, Cody says, “Daddy!” This is a case of:
Ebbinghaus’ forgetting curve
A newborn demonstrates the Babinski reflex. You would expect to see:
Grasping in response to an object touching the hands or fingers
Head-turn toward a mild cheek stimulus
Outstretched arms, legs, and crying
Toes stretched outward and upward in response to a sole-of-the-foot touch