Quiz: What’s your psychology I.Q.?

How well do you understand psychological concepts?

Do you know what state is most similar to the hypnotic state, for example?

This fun quiz tests your understanding of some of the more popular psychology concepts that you run into in conversation and readings online and off line.  Keep in mind, it’s just for fun, but it’s always enjoyable to test your understanding and learn a little about yourself.

OK, now, no cheating…but I’ve put the correct answers down below so that you can check your answers and if there’s something you don’t know or haven’t heard of before, you can learn a little about it!

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OK, AFTER you take the quiz, scroll down of the answers… WAY down past the comments and the other links…


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OK, if you’re way down here, it’s on purpose! So, without further ado (or scrolling!) here are the correct answers to the quiz.

1.  Schizophrenia is a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behavior.  While the other options may indeed be some of the symptoms of schizophrenia, schizophrenia is a very complex disorder that manifests differently in different people. The root cause is the breakdown in relation between thought, emotion and behavior.  More information:  about schizophrenia.

2. The key to success is similar values and shared beliefs. More information: 7 keys to a healthy relationship.

3.  A lie detector test has about a 50/50 chance of accuracy.  More information:  Accuracy of lie detectors.  Sorry, Maury Povich!

4.  There are no silent areas of the brain.  One of the laws of nature is atrophy. Nature is conservative and won’t continue to spend calories and other resources supporting tissue that doesn’t serve a function.  This one is similar to the myth that “we only use 10% of our brains.”  Not true, we use every bit of our brains.  Learn more about that myth here.

5.  A hypnotized person is most similar to a person who is awake and alert.  No need for a reference on this one! If you want to learn more about the true nature and experience of hypnosis, check out my short video course on hypnosis right here on HypnosisFirst!

6.  False.  The best way to let go of anger and aggression is NOT physical activity. This article states that, “Research shows that although physical exercise is good for your heart, it is not good for reducing anger.[10]The reason physical exercise doesn’t work is that it increases rather than decreases physiological arousal, such as heart rate and blood pressure. When people become angry, their physiological arousal increases.”

7.  A happy worker is a productive worker.  True! Turns out that being happy makes you more productive and more successful. And because humans seem to be wired to accomplish things (it makes us feel good!), being more productive in turn can make you happier. What a nice self-sustaining cycle to find yourself in!  Here’s more info on the research.

8. Attractive people are perceived as being smarter, it’s true.  It’s a psychological bias that is in effect even when you know about the bias (that’s the way biases work).  Learn more about this particular bias here.  A great book all about these hidden “mini-programs” in our brains is the book You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney. Bite size bits of juicy psychology info.  Yum!

9.  The Oslo Syndrome is when hostages express empathy and positive feelings toward their captors.  And you can read more about that here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oslo_Syndrome

10. The illusion of a stationary point of light seeming to move in a darkened room is called the optic motion theory.  And you can learn more about how that works.

Well, there you have it!  I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit more about some of these interesting concepts.  Maybe you’ll join me in psychology geek land, LOL!



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