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Chapter 3 16/04/2009 11:52:00 I. Conceptual and Operational Definitions a. Concepts (or constructs)      – Terms that refer to the characteristics of an event,  situation, or group being studied i. We need to clearly specify how we fine each and every concept in our  research studies b. Conceptual definition      – The “dictionary definition” of a construct  i. Examples Of Conceptual Definitions 1. Cognitive dissonances – “The unpleasant state of psychological  arousal resulting from inconsistency within one’s important  attitudes, believes or behaviors 2. Self –esteem – “A person’s overall self-evaluation or sense of  self worth” 3. Aggression – “Behavior intended to injure another” 4. Stereotype –“A belief about the personal attributes of a group of  people” c. Operational Definition i. The precise specification of he a concept is measured or manipulated  in a particular study 1. Example a. How can we operationalize “aggression”? i.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 12 taught by Professor Sweeny during the Spring '09 term at UC Riverside.

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Chapter 3 - Chapter3 16/04/200911:52:00 I.

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