The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (often referred to as JPSP) is a monthly psychology journal of the American Psychological Association. It is considered one of the top journals in the fields of social and personality psychology. Its focus is on empirical research reports. Specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers are also published. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The American Psychological Association (APA) is a professional organization representing psychology in the US. It has around 150,000 members and an annual budget of around $70m. ... Social psychology is the scientific study of how peoples thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others (Allport, 1985). ... Personality psychology is a branch of psychology which studies personality and individual differences. ...
The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognitions, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences. These sections are currently (as of Dec. 2006) edited by Charles M. Judd, John F. Dovidio, and Charles S. Carver respectivley.
JPSP articles typically involve a lengthy introduction and literature review, followed by several related studies that explore different aspects of a theory or test multiple competing hypotheses. Some researchers see the multiple-experiments requirement as an excessive burden that delays the publication of valuable work, but this requirement also helps maintain the impression that research that is published in JPSP has been thoroughly vetted and is less likely to be the result of a type I error or an unexplored confound. In statistical hypothesis testing, a Type I error consists of rejecting a null hypothesis that is true, in other words finding a result to have statistical significance when this has in fact happened by chance. ...
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