The Practice of Psychological Science in Social-Personality Research: Are We Still a Science of Two Disciplines?

Jessica L. Tracy, Richard W. Robins, Jeffrey Sherman

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Abstract

Findings from a study that surveyed editors and editorial board members of personality and social psychology journals are reviewed to examine the practice of psychological science in the field of social-personality. Findings demonstrate: (a) although personality and social researchers tend to use many of the same approaches, methods, and procedures, they show average differences in each of these domains, as well as in their overarching theoretical aims and perspectives; (b) the average differences between the two subgroups conform to social and personality researchers' explicit beliefs about the differences; (c) despite the overall methodological and philosophical differences between the two groups, there are few differences in the research topics each subgroup focuses upon, and there are many researchers whose research appears to bridge the two subareas; (d) the structure of social-personality research practices is best characterized as having two independent factors corresponding to Cronbach's (1957) correlationaland experimental "streams of research."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychology of Science
Subtitle of host publicationImplicit and Explicit Processes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950027
ISBN (Print)9780199753628
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StatePublished - Sep 20 2012

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Keywords

  • Correlational research
  • Experimental research
  • Journal editors
  • Methodological differences
  • Philosophical differences
  • Practice of psychological science
  • Social psychology
  • Social-personality

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  • Psychology(all)

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The Practice of Psychological Science in Social-Personality Research : Are We Still a Science of Two Disciplines? / Tracy, Jessica L.; Robins, Richard W.; Sherman, Jeffrey.

Psychology of Science: Implicit and Explicit Processes. Oxford University Press, 2012.

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Tracy, Jessica L. ; Robins, Richard W. ; Sherman, Jeffrey. / The Practice of Psychological Science in Social-Personality Research : Are We Still a Science of Two Disciplines?. Psychology of Science: Implicit and Explicit Processes. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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