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The practice of psychological science: searching for Cronbach's two streams in social-personality psychology.

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Impact Factor: 5.08). 07/2009; 96(6):1206-25. DOI: 10.1037/a0015173
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ABSTRACT 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."

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