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Testing Psychological Theories within the Individual Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
8 March 2012
Venue:
Rooms 3095, Level 3 Shackleton Building (Building 44) University of Southampton Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Most psychological theories should apply within the individual but are tested in studies that compare people.

This can be misleading since processes can operate very differently within and between people. Processes occurring within individuals can be studied in group studies with repeated within participant measurement and in n-of-1 studies with prolonged measurement of individuals. I will describe group studies of a) the determinants of stress related affect in nurses using real time assessment of affect and perceptions of the work situation, such as demand, control and reward; b) the variable effects of stress on heart rate in nurses working in a healthcare telephone-advice service and c) n-of-1 studies of day to day variations in activity in people with arthritis as predicted from the Theory of Planned behaviour and Social Cognitive Theory.

Speaker information

Professor Derek W Johnston, University of Aberdeen. Emeritus Professor.

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