The Physiological Approach: Maguire et al

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1. What is a Quasi Experiment?

  • an experiment where the IV is naturally occuring (not manipulated by experimenter)
  • an experiment with more than 2 conditions
  • an experiment conducted outside the laboratory (in a natural environment)
  • a badly controlled experiment
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2. How many people were in the sample?

  • 20 male taxi drives, with 90 MRI scans in the control group
  • 16 male taxi drives, with 50 MRI scans in the control group
  • 10 male taxi drives, with 40 MRI scans in the control group
  • 18 male taxi drives, with 52 MRI scans in the control group
  • 17 male taxi drives, with 60 MRI scans in the control group

3. What is the major function analysed in the study

  • Spelling
  • Navigation
  • Language
  • Writing
  • Singing

4. What is the name of the scan used in the study?

  • X-ray
  • radiopharmaceuticals
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • CT

5. Which of the following statements best describes the conclusions that can be drawn from this study?

  • the hippocampus cannot change its size
  • the hippocampus is able to increase its size with navigational experience
  • the hippocampus will get smaller over time
  • people with small hippocampi make poor taxi drivers

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