A-AS Level (CIE) Psychology: Specimen Questions with Answers 170 - 171 of 299

Question number: 170

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Define well-defined and Ill-defined problems and explain the strategies of problem solving

(Mark 8)


  • A problem is well defined if there is a definable initial state and a goal state, definite number of operators, well defined, clear and sub goals to convert the initial state to goal state

  • Ill-defined problem is in which one or all of the elements of the problem space (initial state, goal state, operators and rules) are not clearly defined

Strategies of problem solving

A strategy is a set of sequential steps used by a problem solver in arriving at a solution.

  • Algorithms- An algorithm is a strategy that ensures the correct solution of the problem. It is effective and provide the correct answer to the problem

  • Heuristics- Heuristics are the general suggestions or ‘rules of thumb’ that are useful in solving a variety of problems. They do not ensure a correct solution to the problem.

  • Analogies- Heuristics of analogies uses experiences of strategies used to solve past problems in solving a current problem.

Question number: 171

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What do you mean by applied social psychology (2 Marks)


Applied social psychology is defined as the use of social psychological theories, experimental findings and research ideas to offer a practical solution to the world

Applied social psychology

Applied Social Psychology

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