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PSYC 215
Donald Taylor

PSYCH LECTURE 4 SEP 12 2011 Individual Processes  Social nature Interpersonal Relationships  Love Social Influences  Intergroup Relationships  Methods  The goal of science: To understand, NOT to describe- this is WHY it is like this  Why understanding, because…(the cause of behavior)  The way you understand is your ability to explain the CAUSE  Scientists have to convince/ prove to others that their cause is correct by disproving all the other causes science is self-defending  Social psychologists don’t have to defend causes  Sometimes third cause- cars and babies, related by healthy economy  Defining variables:  Scientists take world and break it down into variables- properties of a situation that vary (involved in understanding)  Even a question is a variable- how the kids are doing in school? Poorly, mediocre, excellent. Others, who cares how the kids are doing The only important thing is that they’re happy  Which one of those variables is causing good or bad effects? = CREATIVE  Must look at all variables and for each one make one of four
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