Chapter 2a - Methods in Social Psychology: Chapter 2 Emily...

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Unformatted text preview: Methods in Social Psychology: Chapter 2 Emily Grijalva, Psychology 201 August 28, 2009 Overview of Social Psych Methods The Scientific Method Theory, Hypotheses, & Operational Definitions The Scientific Method PROBLEM : Spontaneous social behavior is difficult to study in controlled settings SOLUTION : The scientific method - an objective, efficient set of tools we use to investigate the world Some Definitions Theory – an explanation of why an event or outcome occurs • Identifies the underlying causes of an event or phenomenon, something the scientist has observed • Built on prior scientific work or intuition • Simple, coherent, and testable so that it may generate new ideas Hypothesis – a prediction about what should occur if a theory is valid • Specific, tentative, testable statement explaining the conditions under which something occurs • Derived from theory Theories...
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Chapter 2a - Methods in Social Psychology: Chapter 2 Emily...

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