Day 5 - Social Psychology Sociological Perspectives Chapter 3 Studying People Basic Concepts and Issues Although there are a number of methods and

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Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives Chapter 3: Studying People Basic Concepts and Issues Although there are a number of methods and perspectives employed to study people, several important concepts are used in almost all research projects including things like: o Theories o Hypotheses o Variables Basic Concepts: Theories Social theories refer to organized sets of propositions about how various elements of social life are related to one another. Theories generally have three components: 1. General statements about social relationships 2. Statements about the causes of those relationships 3. General predictions based on these reasons, about how people will react to certain events, experiences, or conditions. Basic Concepts: Hypotheses Research projects generally do not test theories but hypotheses – specific statements about how variables may relate to one another in a research study o Positive findings regarding a hypothesis simply provides support for a theory – it does not prove a theory to be correct
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Day 5 - Social Psychology Sociological Perspectives Chapter 3 Studying People Basic Concepts and Issues Although there are a number of methods and

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