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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology

A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology

The Case of Dissonance

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(p.118) A New Method for Theory Testing in Social Psychology
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Most Underappreciated
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Barry E. Collins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0023

Norman Miller and Barry E. Collins, both social psychologists, reflect on their most underappreciated work: a research on dissonance as a new method for theory testing in the field of social psychology. They describe structural equation modeling (SEM) approaches to theory testing and their efforts to overcome some of the limitations on comprehensive theory testing by expanding classic meta-analysis methodologies in a theory testing meta-analytic synthesis approach. In particular, they combine classic meta-analytic methodologies with a judged variables methodology. The first theory testing meta-analytic synthesis focused on theories that attempted to explain the relation between negative mood inductions and helping behavior. Miller and Collins explain how they tested dissonance theory and discuss the results they obtained.

Keywords:   Norman Miller, Barry E. Collins, theory testing, social psychology, structural equation modeling, meta-analysis, judged variables methodology, negative mood, helping behavior, dissonance theory

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