PSYB30H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-3: The Selfish Gene, Inclusive Fitness, Richard Dawkins

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Agreeableness and neuroticism (ocean) characteristic adaptations: contextualized facets of psychological individuality that speak to motivational, cognitive and developmental concerns in personality. Three levels of personality dispositional traits: broad dimensions of personality that describe assumedly internal, global and stable individual differences in behavior, thought and feeling. They address problems of identity and integration in personality. > post modern view: people are storytellers who make themselves anew with each new conversation they have. Observe phenomenon of interest over a long period of time. No consensus in scientific community about the best way building a theory theory: set of interrelated statement proposed to explain certain observations of reality. Provides 4 different tools that scientist can use to increase understanding: 1) an abstract model 2) conceptual terminology 3) set of correspondence rules. Step 3: evaluating propositions context of justification: justify or evaluate the truth of a given statement proposed by a given theory. Theory should be falsifiable prove statement can be false.

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