This week's discussion focuses on variability. Think of a thought,
feeling, or behavior that you would like to understand better--this could literally be anything! Whatever phenomenon you choose, you should be able to easily imagine that it varies across situations, people, or time.
Understanding this phenomenon involves understanding why it varies; what are the factors that create the variability that we observe? Post a hypothesis about why this phenomenon varies or changes as a function of (1) the characteristics of situations, (2) the characteristics of different people, or (3) processes that change over time. That is, identify a factor that might explain one of the three sources of variability (situations, individuals, or time).
For instance, you might want to understand covid-related anxiety. You can easily imagine that this varies across people, as you know some people who experience such anxiety and others who do not. Perhaps you predict that knowing people who have been hospitalized with covid increases covid-related anxiety. In this case, your factor that explains variability in covid-related anxiety is knowing people who have been hospitalized for it. There are likely many other factors that predict covid anxiety, but you are interested in this particular one.
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