Intro and Chapter 2

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Introduction, Groups and Social Facilitation pp.3-8, 37-43, chapter 2 22/01/2008 16:43:00 Social psychology-  The scientific study of the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of  individuals in social situations. Correlational Research-  Research in which there is not random assignment to  different situations or conditions, and from which psychologists can just see whether  or not there is a relationship between the variables. Longitudinal studies-  studies conducted over a long period of time with the  same population, which is periodically assessed regarding particular  behaviors.   Self-selection-  A problem that arises when the participant, rather than the  investigator, selects his or her level on each variable, bringing with this value  unknown other properties that make causal interpretation of a relationship  difficult. Experimental Research-  Research in which people are randomly assigned to  different situations (or conditions), and from which it is possible to make very strong  inferences about how these different situations or conditions affect people’s  behavior. Independent variable-  about which a prediction is made and that which is  manipulated in experimental research.
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