2002 AP Psychology Free-Response

2002 AP Psychology Free-Response Questions

Directions: You have 50 minutes to answer BOTH of the following questions.  It is not enough to answer the question by merely listing facts.  You should present a cogent argument based on your critical analysis of the questions posed, using appropriate psychological terminology.

  1. The human organism displays various reactions that are characterized by opposing tendencies.  Use a specific physiological or psychological mechanism to explain how both aspects of opposing processes apply to EACH of the following.

·        Appetite

·        Autonomic nervous system

·        Color vision

·        Drug use

·        Nerve firing

  1. Five-year-old Jessie went to a fire station with her kindergarten class.  When she got home, Jessie, who is in the preoperational stage of cognitive development, eagerly told the story of her adventure to her older brother.  Describe how the following factors might have influenced the story she told.  Be sure to define and provide an appropriate example of EACH factor.
    • Egocentrism
    • Observational learning
    • Overregulation or overgeneralization in language
    • Reconstructive memory
    • Schema