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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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Personality as Manifest in Behavior: Direct Behavioral Observation Using the Revised Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort (RBQ-3.0)

Personality as Manifest in Behavior: Direct Behavioral Observation Using the Revised Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort (RBQ-3.0)

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(p.186) 10 Personality as Manifest in Behavior: Direct Behavioral Observation Using the Revised Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort (RBQ-3.0)
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Then A Miracle Occurs
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R. Michael Furr

Seth A. Wagerman

David C. Funder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.003.0010

In this chapter, the authors argue for the role of behavior as part of the descriptive foundation of personality and social psychology. Such research addresses the fundamental assumption that “who you are affects what you do.” The authors assert that the most general benefit of behavioral data is that it permits psychological scientists to address behavior with empirical conviction. Without such data, the ability to claim status as a science of behavior is greatly reduced. Central to direct behavioral observation research is a coding system. The authors note key considerations in choosing a behavioral observational system, including the context in which the system is to be deployed, and the situational specificity of the behaviors. The authors offer a revised version of the Riverside Behavioral Q-sort, which includes items describing behaviors that might be used flexibly in a range of situations relevant to personality and social psychology.

Keywords:   behavior, behavioral observation, coding system, personality, riverside Behavioral Q-sort, social psychology

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