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Ashley Schmidlap is a very stressed senior in high school. She has quite a few assignments and tests due at the same time. She also has her playoff game and her part-time job. When her mom tells her to relax and that everything will work out, she snaps back, “Mom, you do not understand. If I do not do well now, I will not get into a good college, I will not be able to study finance. I will be forced to major in education and end up being a high school teacher.” The fact that Ashley’s mind keeps returning to the worst-case sceanario is an example of which concept?


Top-down processing




Bottom-up processing


Informal reasoning


Divergent thinking

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