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Measured Theory

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Measured Theory 14785

Sheena Mae Aguilar

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These notes explain the concepts of Latent variables, nested latent variables, and measurement theory. Examples are given.
Research Method in Psychology
Ross Avilla
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This 1 page Bundle was uploaded by Sheena Mae Aguilar on Wednesday March 16, 2016. The Bundle belongs to 14785 at University of California - Merced taught by Ross Avilla in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see Research Method in Psychology in Psychlogy at University of California - Merced.

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Date Created: 03/16/16
March 13 2016 Psych 15 Measurement Theory  How do we measure things that aren’t material? o Thoughts, feeling, personality, intelligence, etc…?  Measurement theory: Turning the immaterial into something we can measure o Latent variable – variable that cannot be directly measured and so must be inferred by something else Latent Variables  Usually variables that are relatively stable o “Traits,” not “states”  Represented graphically as an oval  Inferred from “measured variables”, represented graphically as boxes Example: - Extraversion = latent variable o No direct measure of how highly extraverted someone is o So, we need to find ways to infer extraversion - Self – report: “How sociable are you?” - Behavioral observation: observe during “getting to know you” activity - Behavioral History: how many parties did person attended last month? Nested Latent Variables  Latent variables can “stack” or become “nested” when a variable has multiple dimensions


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