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Bridging psychology and biology. The analysis of individuals in groups
The American Psychologist
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n/a
Pages: 341-351
Source ID: shanti-sources-22737
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Abstract: Biological systems are particularly prone to variation, and the authors argue that such variation must be regarded as important data in its own right. The authors describe a method in which individual differences are studied within the framework of a general theory of the population as a whole and illustrate how this method can be used to address three types of issues: the nature of the mechanisms that give rise to a specific ability, such as mental imagery; the role of psychological or biological mediators of environmental challenges, such as the biological bases for differences in dispositional mood; and the existence of processes that have nonadditive effects with behavioral and physiological variables, such as factors that modulate the response to stress and its effects on the immune response.