MCAT Psychology Question — Thought Process
- Jan 30, 2015
- MCAT Blog, MCAT Psychology, MCAT Question of the Day
In a fit of passion, the spectator of a political debate exclaims that “welfare recipients are all lazy.” The spectator’s thought process is an example of:
d) conflict theory
Prejudice consists of inflexible and irrational attitudes held by one group about another. Discrimination is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category, “in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated.”
While the outburst could be considered discriminatory, the thought process underlying the outburst would be described as prejudice.
Ethnocentrism refers to evaluation of others’ cultures based on one’s own cultural norms and values. Conflict theory refers to perspectives in sociology that emphasize the social, political, or material inequality of social groups, allowing for macro-level analysis.
a) prejudice, correct.
b) discrimination, incorrect, the question is about the thought process and not the action or behavior.
c) ethnocentrism, incorrect, The outburst is not an evaluation of another’s ethnic culture.
d) conflict theory, incorrect, While conflict theory perspectives do often pit social classes against each other, this sociological perspective does not describe the thought process at work here.
Want more MCAT practice?
We’ve got options for every schedule and learning style!
From the best online MCAT course created by top instructors with 524+ MCAT scores to the most representative full-length practice exams and private tutoring, we can custom tailor your MCAT prep to your goals!
Not sure which option is right for you? Schedule a free MCAT consultation with an MCAT Advisor using the form below. No obligation, just expert advice.
Search the Blog
Free ConsultationSchedule Now
MCAT Blog How to Review MCAT Full-Lengths
Free MCAT Practice AccountNeed great MCAT practice?
Get the most representative MCAT practice possible when you sign up for our free MCAT Account, which includes a half-length diagnostic exam and one of our full-length MCAT practice exams.Learn More