A-AS Level (CIE) Psychology: Specimen Questions with Answers 293 - 294 of 299

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Question 293


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Why there is a rapid withdrawal of your hand from a hot radiator? (Marks 2)


The rapd withdrawal of our hand from a hot radiator is due to reflex: Sensory input from pain receptors in the hand runs through peripheral nerve fibres, eventually reaching the spinal cord Moto neurons serving arm muscles, and our arm automatically jerks back. Reflexes are also important in vital activities such as running, standing and walking.

Rapid Withdrawal of Your Hand from a Hot Radiator

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Describe the stages of creativity explained by Graham Wallas (Mark 10)


  • Preparation- Subject begins to gather information about the problem to be solved and attempts some solutions. Stage is characterized by trial and error in learning. Subject is advised to learn as much as possible about the problem area
  • Incubation- In the second stage the solution exists but it is not clear. The subject must not intentionally work on the problem, instead he should advised to relax and reflect on his question which might lead to the modification of the question
  • Illumination- The subject suddenly experiences insight into the problem when a new solution, idea, relationship emerges. In other words the subject attempts to reformulate his ideas or to formulate new ones
  • Verification-Finally the subject tries and checks the solution. Since it is the final stage the thinker may well make some modifications to his ideas which he had reached in his previous stages
Stages of Creativity Explained by Graham Wallas

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