1993 AP Psychology Free-Response


1993 AP Psychology Free-Response Questions

Directions: You have 50 minutes to answer BOTH of the following questions.  It is not enough to answer a question by merely listing facts.  You should present a cogent argument based on your critical analysis of the question posed. Question 1 Design and describe an experiment to measure the relationship between rehearsal/repetition of a list of words and later recall of that same list of words. In your answer you should formulate a hypothesis and include a description of each of the following:

    • Population
    • Subject selection
    • Independent variable
    • Dependent variable
    • Experimental group
    • Control group
    • Potential confounding variable
    • A method of reducing experimenter bias

Question 2

    Describe the therapeutic procedure called systematic desensitization. Select a specific disorder for which this therapy is effective and explain how the basic phenomena listed below play a role in successful treatment.

    • Anxiety hierarchy
    • Relaxation
    • Generalization
    • Extinction