Boundary Areas in Social and Developmental Psychology by John C. Masters

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These overt markers, however, seem to be less valid indexes of a person's feelings than a report of their underlying feelings. Perhaps the ideal solution is to collect both forms of measurement and see how such subjective perceptions are manifested objectively. The degree of subjectivity of a measure is also affected by the size of the unit of rating. Measures that group behavior into molecular units are likely to be more objective than those that group behavior into global units. For example, judgments of the amount of social interaction in the last minute are likely to be more objective than judgments of the amount of interaction in the last week.

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These overt markers, however, seem to be less valid indexes of a person's feelings than a report of their underlying feelings. Perhaps the ideal solution is to collect both forms of measurement and see how such subjective perceptions are manifested objectively. The degree of subjectivity of a measure is also affected by the size of the unit of rating. Measures that group behavior into molecular units are likely to be more objective than those that group behavior into global units. For example, judgments of the amount of social interaction in the last minute are likely to be more objective than judgments of the amount of interaction in the last week.

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