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From Behavior to Temperament?. How do developmental psychologists find underlying dimensions when we can only observe specific behaviors?. temperament. temperament. behavior. behavior. behavior. behavior. behavior. behavior. behavior. DevPsy.org. First Observation of Sea Monster(s).

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from behavior to temperament
From Behavior to Temperament?

How do developmental psychologists find underlying dimensions when we can only observe specific behaviors?

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number of sea monsters
Number of Sea Monsters

How could you tell the number of sea monster when you could only see parts of them?

You saw visible parts move together and others move independently; you did an intuitive correlation.

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Number of Sea Monsters

By looking at the correlations between all the parts we can see (observable behaviors), we can infer something about their underlying nature (theoretical constructs)

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Number of Sea Monsters

Factor Analysis is a statistical method that looks at how lots of different observations correlate and determines how many theoretical constructs could most simply explain what you see.

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