“Biological bases of behaviour”
Duration: 50 minutes
This test is worth 60 marks.
It is broken up into two sections:
|SECTION |No. of questions |Marks allocated | |Multiple choice |30 |30 | |Short answer |10 |30 |
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Multiple-choice questions (circle the correct response)
Which of the following statements about the cerebral cortex is correct? A
It can be subdivided into four hemispheres.
It is convoluted (‘wrinkly’), which decreases its surface area. C
It is sometimes referred to as the ‘old brain’.
It is approximately 2 to 6 mm thick.
Both the left and right hemispheres are connected by a bundle of nerve fibres known as the A
connecting neural fibres.
While Kate is surfing she is ‘dumped’ by a big wave, resulting in her hitting the back of her head on the surfboard. Afterwards she describes how she experiences blind spots in her vision. The most likely reason for her symptoms is damage to her A
The right hemisphere is the right half of the cerebrum, which predominantly controls A
The somatosensory cortex is an area in each of the
The case study of Phineas Gage suggests that which of the following lobes regulates our personality and strongly influences much of what make us unique as humans? A
Hemispheric specialisation refers to the localisation and dominance of certain brain functions to either the left hemisphere or the right hemisphere. Which of the following functions is not a specialised function performed predominantly by the left hemisphere? A
recognition of faces and patterns
A brain scan reveals that Jane has sustained damage to Wernicke’s area due to a fall that resulted in her hitting her head. Which of the following symptoms is consistent with damage to this region of the brain? Jane may not be able to
recognise familiar faces she should know.
appreciate works of art.
understand what people are saying.
produce clear and fluent speech.
Which of the following ethical considerations in research ensures that any information gathered about a participant during research must not be revealed without that person’s consent? A
Someone who has suffered damage to Broca’s area of the cortex would be likely to show which of the following symptoms? A
inability to produce fluent speech sounds.
inability to concentrate for extended periods.
difficulty in attending to objects in the right visual field. D
Difficulty in producing fine motor coordination movements.
Which part of the somatosensory cortex would have the largest representation for the following parts of the body? A
mouth, lips and tongue
arms and hands
Representation of the body on the motor cortex is
feet represented near the ears, and the face near the crown of the head B
face, lips, mouth, hands, arms, trunk, legs, feet – from the ears to the crown of the head C
largest for the hands and feet
trunk, head, arms, legs – from the ears to the crown of the head
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