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Correlation coefficient a numerical index of the

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Correlation Coefficient - a numerical index of the degree of relationship that exists between two variables Naturalistic Observation - a researcher engages in careful observation of the behavior without intervening directly with the subjects Case Study - an in-depth investigation of an individual subject Surveys - structured questionnaires designed to solicit information about specific aspects of participants’ behavior Correlational research broadens the scope of phenomena that psychologists can study Correlational research cannot demonstrate conclusively that two variables are causally related The Roots of Happiness: An Empirical Analysis Subjective Well-being - individuals’ personal assessments of their overall happiness or life satisfaction
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Affective Forecasting - efforts to predict one’s emotional reactions to future events Hedonic Adaptation - occurs when the mental scale that people use to judge the pleasantness-unpleasantness of their experiences shifts so that their neutral point, or baseline for comparison, is changed Hedonic means ‘related to pleasure’ REVIEW Not offered as a criticism of self-help books The topics are NOT narrow The field of psychology is… Both a science and a profession Adaptation of animals when their environments change is similar to…in humans Adjustment An experiment is a research method in which the investigator manipulates the...variable and observes whether changes occur in a (an)...variable as a result Independent, dependent Whether a certain diet causes children to learn better in school. Independent variable is… Type of diet Principle advantage of experimental research is that… Allows researcher to draw cause-and-effect conclusions Research is shown moderately correlated with happiness Social Activity
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