Find over 25,000 psychological definitions

social identity theory

proposition that individuals categorise themselves andothers into in-groups and out-groups. Negative comparisonsare made between the two groups as a result of a need tomaintain a positive social identity, subsequently givingrise to competition and discrimination.

Browse dictionary by letter

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Psychology term of the day

September 28th 2021

cross sectional study

a research design based on selecting representative groupswho vary on a particular characteristic; when thecharacteristic is age, this design provides a means ofmaking developmental comparisons.