GRE Subject Test: Psychology : Group & Intergroup Processes

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Example Question #1 : Group & Intergroup Processes

Which of the following correctly identifies the sequence of group formation, according to psychologist Bruce Tuckman?

Possible Answers:

Forming, storming, norming, and performing

Norming, storming, performing, and forming

Forming, storming, performing, and norming

Storming, forming, norming, and performing

Correct answer:

Forming, storming, norming, and performing

Explanation:

Tuckman proposed four elements of group formation in 1965. He proposed that all groups—from therapy groups to school boards—go through these processes. Moreover, the most typical chronological order is forming, storming, norming, and performing. He viewed this progression as both normal and healthy.

Example Question #2 : Group & Intergroup Processes

A group of biologists at a university appreciate the diversity of their peers’ research in regard to subject matters ranging from oncology to environmental studies; however, they assume that a group of English majors study the same subjects in literature. Which of the following psychological terms best explains the biases that the biologists have to other majors at their university?

Possible Answers:

Out-group homogeneity

In-group homogeneity

Out-group heterogeneity

In-group heterogeneity

None of these

Correct answer:

Out-group homogeneity

Explanation:

Out-group homogeneity is the assumption that the individuals in an out-group are all the same, while the individuals in a specific person’s in-group possess a wide degree of variation. In the example, the biologists appreciate the differences between their work and subject matter but cannot do the same for the English majors—the biologists assume that they study the same literary concepts.

Example Question #3 : Group & Intergroup Processes

A group of biologists at a university appreciate the diversity of their peers’ research in regard to subject matters ranging from oncology to environmental studies; however, they assume that a group of English majors study the same subjects in literature. Which of the following psychological terms best explains the biases that the biologists have to other majors at their university?

Possible Answers:

None of these 

In-group heterogeneity

In-group homogeneity

Out-group heterogeneity

Out-group homogeneity

Correct answer:

Out-group homogeneity

Explanation:

Out-group homogeneity is the assumption that the individuals in an out-group are all the same, while the individuals in a specific person’s in-group possess a wide degree of variation. In the example, the biologists appreciate the differences between their work and subject matter but cannot do the same for the English majors—the biologists assume that they study the same literary concepts.

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