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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 1115
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S.Numero
Semester
Winter

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Test Datas Test-Data -Advantages Allows measurement of characteristics not easily observable -Disadvantages Must infer that the test measures what you think it measures Descriptive Methods Case Studies (Life History) Intensive examination of a single person or group Case Study method -obtained from life history (interviews, autobiography) Example -why did Margot in the royal Tannenbaums become a playwright? -Data sources – school grades, diaries, journals, plays, family history (e.g., divorce,siblings) Advantages -Rich sources of hypotheses -Allows for studies of rare behaviors Disadvantages -observer bias -difficult to generalize -difficult to reconstruct Measuring Shyness -self-report questionnaires Measuring Shyness through Observation: -Paces; shuffles feet; knees tremble -extraneous arm and hand movement -no eye contact -face muscles tense -Test Measures -psychophysiology -heart rate, skin conductance, etc. -cortisol levels -brain imaging -response to novel stimuli -right brain activation -behavioral -walking in the middle vs. side of hallway -Life records data -#of social clubs joined -#of dates in the past year -attended school reunion Evaluating Personality Measures Measuring Reliability -Test-retest reliability Are scores highly correlated across 2 test
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