m1.behavioral observe - Psychology 491/691 Spring, 2004...

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Psychology 491/691 Major Assignment 1 Spring, 2004 Assigned: 1/26/04 Professor Dunning Due: 2/19/04 TIME-SAMPLED BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATIONS Frequently psychologists are interested in observing and measuring the behavior of people in natural settings. One of the most common general techniques for the measurement of ongoing interactions involves time-sampling and coding of an individual’s behavior. The purpose of this project is to acquaint you with these techniques and the problems involved in defining and quantifying social behavior in a systematic and reliable manner. In Phase 1, you will be asked to design a reliable behavioral/observational protocol. In Phase 2, you will be asked to use that protocol to test a specific hypothesis of interest. You will work in pairs (occasionally, in threes). You will have two fundamental choices to make at the outset. Of course, each is subject to change (frequently). First, you must choose a property of a person or interaction (e.g., aggressiveness, nervousness, friendliness) or of a social interaction (e.g., cooperation, intimacy) to measure. This is your conceptual variable. Second, you must choose a setting in which to measure the variable. You can look at anything from unstructured interactions (e.g., people talking at the Straight) to structured activities (e.g., intramural basketball, classroom discussions). I recommend more structured activities. First, people do not leave. Second, they do not become aware that they are being watched. The setting you choose must be a public one, one in which people understand that they are not in a private setting and, thus, can be observed. PRE-PHASE:
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course PSYCH 4910 taught by Professor Dunning, d during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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m1.behavioral observe - Psychology 491/691 Spring, 2004...

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