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Week One Notes cont.

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Week One Notes cont. Psyc 287

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Psychology of Personality
Dr. Pearce
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Date Created: 09/04/16
Psychology of Personality PSYC 287 Week One Notes cont. 8/25/16 Book Notes Chapter 2: Personality Research Methods  Psychology’s Emphasis on Method o Scientific Education & Technical Training  Research emphasizes thinking over memorizing  Technical training teaches one to use what is already known; scientific training teaches one to explore the unknown  Research: the exploration of the unknown  Personality Data o Funder’s Second Law: there are no perfect indicators of personality; there are only clues, and clues are always ambiguous o Funder’s Third Law: something beats nothing, two times out of three o Four Kinds of Clues  Ask the person directly: S-Data  self-judgments  Face validity: they are intended to measure what they seem to measure, one their face  Advantages: o Large amount of information o The S-data you provide can reflect complex aspects of character that no other data source could access o Access to thoughts, feelings, & intentions o Definitional truth o Causal force o Self-verification o Simple & easy  Disadvantages: o Maybe they won’t tell you o Maybe they can’t tell you o Too simple & too easy  Ask somebody who knows: I-Data  Judgments by knowledgeable “informants” about general attributes of the individual’s personality  Advantages: o A large amount of information o Real-world basis o Common sense o Definitional truth o Causal force  The expectancy effect/behavioral confirmation  Disadvantages o Limited behavioral information o Lack of access to private experience o Error o Bias  Life outcomes: L-Data  Verifiable, concrete, real-life facts that may hold psychological significance  Advantages: o Objective and verifiable o Intrinsic importance o Psychological relevance o Mulitdetermination  Watch what the person does: B-Data  Observations of a person’s behavior in daily life or in a laboratory  Natural B-Data  Laboratory B-Data o Experiments; physiological measures  Advantages o Range of contexts o Appearance of objectivity  Disadvantages o Difficult & expensive o Uncertain interpretation o Quality of Data  Reliability: measurements that reflect what you are trying to assess and are not affected by anything else  Measurement error  Aggregation  Spearman-Brown formula in psychometrics: the technology of psychological measurement, quantifies how it works  Validity: the degree to which a measurement actually reflects what one thinks or hopes it does  Constructs: something that cannot be directly seen or touched, but which affects and helps to explain many different things that are visible  Construct validation: the process of testing the assumptions behind a construct such as intelligence or sociability  Generalizability: to what else does the measurement or the result generalize  Generalizability over participants o Gender bias o Shows versus no shows o Ethnic & cultural diversity  The Burden of Proof  Research Design o Case Method: involves closely studying a particular event or person in order to find out as much as possible  Advantages:  the method that does justice to the topic  a well-chosen case study can be a source of ideas  sometimes the method is absolutely necessary  Disadvantages:  The degree to which its findings can be generalized is unknown o An Experimental & Correlational Study  Experimental: get a group of research participants & randomly divide them into two groups  Correlational: no experimental groups; everybody is treated the same o Comparing Experimental & Correlational Methods  Both methods attempt to assess the relationship between two variables  Experiments: the presumably causal variable is manipulated  Correlational: the same variable is measured as it already exists 8/25 In Class Notes  The 4 basic types of data collected by personality psychologists: o S-Data (self-report) – efficacy expectations  Disadvantage: you can lie, your mood can change the way you respond, used so much it’s almost treated like the standard o I-Data (informant) – other individuals will provide their insight (someone who knows you/the participant)  Uses all the same methods as S-Data  Advantages: people you know may have insight you don’t have; multiple sources  Essentially, reputational data  Disadvantages: informant is limited to the exposure he/she has to you; different contexts; don’t have access to private thoughts/feelings; informants can be wrong; can be biased o L-Data (life outcomes) – any kind of public info.  Advantages: objective & verifiable  Disadvantages: hard to tell cause o B-Data (behavior) – watch people-sometimes can be collected in experiments; inkblots; physiological measures  Disadvantages: can be hard to interpret why the behavior is performed o The best types of data are going to include all these types of things


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