Error introduced into measurement when observers over-emphasize behaviours they expect but do not observe behaviours they don't expect; tendency of observers to see what they expect to see
social disability bias
Tendency for people to say what they believe is appropriate or acceptable.
Mathematical way to represent associations between variables; range from -1 to +1 (tells how strong relationship is between the variables; bigger the number stronger the relationship)
correlation where as one variable increases, the other also increases, or as one decreases so does the other. Both variables move in the same direction.
Inverse correlation; As variable one increases (decreases), variable two decreases (increases); opposite directions
Recording observations, not manipulating any variables
One or more factors (independent variables) are systematically changed to determine whether such variations affect one or more other factors (dependent variables)
Systematically changed in an experiment (manipulated)
Measured in an experiment
Special form of mathematics that allows us to evaluate the likelihood that a given pattern of research results occurred by chance alone.
The extent to which an experiment allows confident statements about cause and effect; The certainty with which results of an experiment can be attributed to the manipulation of the independent variable rather than to some other, confounding variable.
The extent to which the findings of an experiment can be generalized to real-life social situations and perhaps to persons different from those who participated in the research
random assignment of participants to experimental conditions
basic requirement for conducting valid experiments; research participants must have an equal chance of being exposed to each level of the independent variable.
tri-council policy statement
Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans; Makes sure all researchers are following ethical guidelines
The manner in which we interpret, analyze, remember, and use information about the social world; How we make sense of our social world (ourselves and others)
automatic behavior/ processing
After extensive experience with a task or type of information, the stage at which we can perform the task or process the information in a seemingly effortless, automatic, and non-conscious manner. Ex) an adult riding a bike
controlled behavior/ processing
We think about the judgments we are making carefully and consciously (conscious effort) Ex) a kid learning how to bike
Mental frameworks centering around a specific theme that help us to organize social information (can relate to individuals or events)
refers to what information we notice
refers to the processes through which information we notice is stored in memory (what information we store)
refers to the processes through which we recover information from memory in order to use it in some manner (what we remember)
Increased availability in memory or consciousness of specific types of information held in memory due to exposure to specific stimuli or events; activating a certain schema
The tendency for beliefs and schemas to remain unchanged, even in the face of contradictory information
Predictions that, in a sense, make themselves come true
A type of self-fulfilling prophecy whereby people's social expectations lead them to act in ways that cause others to confirm their expectations.
Simple rules for making complex decisions or drawing inferences in a rapid and seemingly effortless manner
A strategy for making judgments based on the extent to which current stimuli or events resemble other stimuli or categories
A strategy for making judgments on the basis of how easily specific kinds of information can be brought to mind.
The tendency to imagine other outcomes in a situation than the ones that actually occurred ("what might have been")
compare current outcomes with more favorable ones; negative feelings of dissatisfaction or envy
compare current outcomes with less favorable ones; positive feelings of satisfaction or hopefulness
Tendency to make optimistic predictions concerning how long a given task will take for completion
A greater sensitivity to negative information than to positive information
Our predisposition to expect things to turn out well overall
threat superiority effect
We notice threatening faces faster than neutral/ happy looking faces
mood dependent memory
What we remember while in a given mood may be determined, in part, by what we learned when previously in that mood
mood congruence effects
We are more likely to store or remember positive information when in a positive mood, and negative information when in a negative mood
The process through which we seek to know and understand other persons
does not involve spoken language; relies on facial expressions, eye contact, and body language
We recognize emotions and body language faster within our own group (culture)
Process through which we seek to identify the causes of others' behavior and so gain knowledge of their stable traits and dispositions