The Practice of Psychological Science: Searching for Cronbach's Two Streams in Social-Personality Psychology

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

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The present research surveyed a group of editors and editorial board members of personality and social psychology journals to examine the practice of psychological science in their field. Findings demonstrate that (a) although personality and social researchers tend to use many of the same approaches, methods, and procedures, they nonetheless show average differences in each of these domains, as well as in their overarching theoretical aims and perspectives; (b) these average differences largely conform to social and personality researchers' stereotypes about each subgroup; (c) despite their methodological and philosophical differences, the 2 subgroups study many of the same research topics; and (d) the structure of social-personality research practices can be characterized as having 2 independent factors, which closely correspond to L. J. Cronbach's (1957) correlational and experimental "streams of research.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1206-1225
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009



  • personality psychology
  • research methods
  • social psychology
  • stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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