35 terms

AP Psychology: Psychology 8th edition David G. Myers: chapter 1 vocab

hindsight bias
def. The tendency to believe, after learning an outcome, that one would have foreseen it
Ex. give one half of a group a psychological finding and the other half the same finding but twisted to make it untrue. after asking each group why they think theirs is correct, both can easily come up with an explanation and believe it as obvious
- A.K.A the I-knew-it-all-along phenomenon
People Involved: Paul Slovic, Baruch Fischhoff
double-blind procedure
def. An experimental procedure in which both the research participants and the research staff are ignorant about whether the research participants have received the treatment or a placebo. Commonly used in drug-evaluation studies
independent variable
The experimental factor that is manipulated--the variable whose effect is being studied
dependent variable
The outcome factor -- the variable that may change in response to manipulations of the independent variable
The most frequently occurring score(s) in a distribution
The arithmetic average of a distribution, obtaining by adding the scores and then dividing by the number of scores
The middle score in a distribution--half the scores are above it and half are below it
standard deviation
The middle score in a distribution--half the scores are above it and half are below it
random assignment
Assigning participants to experimental and control conditions by chance ,thus minimizing preexisting differences between those assigned to the different groups
random sample
A sample that fairly represents a population because each member has an equal chance of inclusion
scatter plot
def. A graphed cluster of dots, each of which represents the values of two variables. The slope of the points suggests the direction of the relationship between the two variables. The amount of scatter suggests the strength of the correlation
illusory correlation
def. The perception of a relationship where none exists
-when we beleive there is a relationship between two things, we are likely to jnotice and recall instances taht confirm our beleifs
case study
An observation technique in which one person is studied in depth in the hope of revealing universal principles
A technique for ascertaining the self-reported attitudes or behaviors of people, usually by questioning a representative, random sample of them
naturalistic observation
Observing and recording behavior in naturally occurring situations without trying to manipulate and control the situation
A research method in which an investigator manipulates one or more factors (independent variables) to observe the effects on some behavior or mental process (the dependent variable). By random assignment of participants, the experimenter aims to control other relevant variable
Repeating the essence of a research study, usually with different participants in different situations, to see whether the basic finding extends to other participants and circumstances
statistical significance
def. A statistical statement of how likely it is that an obtained result occurred by chance
operational definition
A statement of the procedures used to define research variables. Ex human intelligence -- what an intelligence test measures.
critical thinking
def. thinking that does not blindly accept arguments and conclusions. Rather, it examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence, and assesses conclusions.
-critical thinkers wonder about things and ask questions...how do they know that?what alternative explanations are possible
def. an explanation using an integrated set of principles that organizes and predicts observations
Ex. low self-esteem feeds depression
-a theory simplifies things by organizing isolated facts and offers a useful summary of facts
def.a testable prediction, often implied by a theory
Ex. people with low self-esteem score higher on the depression scale
-these predictions give direction to research by
enabling us to test and reject or revise the theory
-they specify what results would support or dis-confirm the theory
all the cases in a group, from which samples may be drawn for a study
correlation coefficient
def. a statistical index of the relationship between two things (ranging from -1 to +1)
Ex. knowing how much aptitude test scores correlate with school success tell us how well the scores predict school success
placebo effect
any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo
control condition
def. the condition of an experiment that contrasts with the experimental condition and serves as a comparison for evaluating the effect of the treatment.
the difference between the highest and lowest scores in a distribution
the enduring behaviors, ideas, attitudes, and traditions shared by a large group of people and transmitted from one generation to the next
informed consent
an ethical principle requiring that research participants be told enough to enable them to choose whether they wish to participate
Kenneth and Mamie Clark
Used dolls to study children's attitude towards race. Their findings were used in the Brown vs. Board trial.
Daniel Kahneman
an Israeli psychologist and Nobel laureate, who is notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics and hedonistic psychology.
James Randi
magician exemplifies skepticism. He has tested and debunked a variety of psychic phenomena
Amos Tversky
A key figure in the discovery of systematic human cognitive bias
false consensus effect
the tendency too overestimate the extent to which others share our beliefs and behaviors
experimental condition
def. the condition of an experiment that exposes participants to the treatment,that is, to one version of the independent variable