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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 Fundamental Conceptual Distinction … Gone Unnoticed

A Fundamental Conceptual Distinction … Gone Unnoticed

(p.72) A Fundamental Conceptual Distinction … Gone Unnoticed
Most Underappreciated

Russell H. Fazio

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Russell H. Fazio describes his most underappreciated work: a dissertation on the “construction-validation distinction”—collecting information about an object for the purpose of constructing a judgment of it, as opposed to testing the validity of a judgment already reached. The distinction, embedded within social comparison theory, centered on information about the object versus information about one's judgment of the object. Fazio described the construction motive as parallel to a researcher's conducting an exploratory investigation with the intent of gathering data that would facilitate the generation of hypotheses, whereas the validation motive was akin to conducting an empirical test of a hypothesis.

Keywords:   Russell H. Fazio, dissertation, construction, validation, object, judgment, validity, social comparison theory, motive

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