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Psychology
Course
PSYC 1115
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S.Numero
Semester
Winter

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Pre-Scientific Methods -Astrology -Personality assessment based on birth date -Physiognomy -Personality assessment based on shape of body, particularly the face -Phrenology -Personality assessment based on morphology (shape of head) Contemporary Approaches to studying personality Descriptive Methods 1) Self Report = asking people questions about their beliefs and behaviors Advantages – allows study of difficult-to-observe behaviors, thoughts and feelings -Who knows better? -Easy to distribute to large groups Disadvantages – Respondents may not be representative (convenience sampling is tempting) -Responses may be biased or untruthful 2) Observer Report Who are the observers? -Parents, friends,
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