1996 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.
When they arrive, the remaining students are taken to another room and given a series of difficult puzzles by Professor Jackson’s teaching assistant, Jim. Jim also asks each student about his or her professional goals and, like Professor Jackson, then rates the statement of each on a 7-point scale.
The group given the difficult puzzles has, on average, higher achievement motivation scores than the group given the easy puzzles. Professor Jackson concludes that her hypothesis is supported.
Show how each of the following aspects of Professor Jackson’s experimental design is flawed. Indicate how you would correct the problem.
B. Assignment of participants
C. Dependent Variable
D. Control of experimenter bias
E. Control of confounding variables (You need to cite only one.)