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Then A Miracle OccursFocusing on Behavior in Social Psychological Theory and Research$
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Christopher R. Agnew, Donal E. Carlston, William G. Graziano, and Janice R. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.001.0001

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Behavior and Miracles

Behavior and Miracles

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Behavior and Miracles
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Then A Miracle Occurs
Author(s):

Christopher R. Agnew

Donal E. Carlston

William G. Graziano

Janice R. Kelly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.003.0001

This chapter describes how the initial ideas for the book emerged and discusses a number of key issues regarding behavior in social psychology. Psychologists commonly partition the behavioral chain into three parts that can be roughly characterized as the stimulus environment, mediating processes, and behavioral response. In this volume, the editors attempted to ensure that all three of these parts are well represented by scholars studying each. This chapter organizes the issues facing behavior-related theory and research in much the same way. Questions considered in this chapter include (a) What do we know about the stimulus environment (and why don’t we know more)?; (b) Why don’t we study real behaviors (or at least important ones)?; (c) What, exactly, counts as behavior anyway?; (d) What kinds of processes mediate behavior?; and (e) What gets measured, how and why?

Keywords:   behavior, behavioral measurement, behavioral response, mediating processes, social psychology, stimulus environment

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