SOP 3004 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Hindsight Bias

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Is social psychology simply “common sense”?
Hindsight bias
The tendency to exaggerate, after learning an outcome, one’s ability to
have foreseen it
The I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon
How do we do social psychology? Forming and testing hypothesis
Theory: an integrated set of principles that explain and predict observed
events
Hypothesis: a testable proposition that describes the relationship that may
exist between events
Research may take place in the field or in a laboratory
Two primary research methods are correlational and experimental
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Correlational Research:
Study naturally occurring relationships among variables
Allow prediction, do NOT infer causation
Survey research:
Random samples help obtain a representative group
Unrepresentative samples
Concerns:
Order of questions
Response options (socially desirable responses - lying)
Framing
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