Mothers and infants exchanging gleeful vocalizations,
married couples discussing their problems, children playing, birds courting and monkeys fighting have this in common: their
interactions with others unfold over time. Almost anyone who is interested can observe and describe such phenomena. But usually
scientists demand more. They want observations that are replicable and amenable to scientific analysis, while still faithful
to the dynamics of the phenomena studied. This book provides a straightforward introduction to scientific methods for observing
social behavior. Because of the importance of time in the dynamics of social interaction, sequential approaches to analyzing
and understanding social behavior are emphasized. An advanced knowledge of statistical analysis is not required. Instead,
the authors present fundamental concepts and offer practical advice.
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Developing a coding
scheme; 3. Recording behavioral sequences; 4. Assessing observer agreement; 5. Representing observational data; 6. Analyzing
sequential data: first steps; 7. Analyzing event sequences; 8. Issues in sequential analysis; 9. Analyzing time sequences;
10. Analyzing cross-classified events; 11. Epilogue; Appendix; References; Index.
This book provides a straightforward
introduction to scientific methods for observing social behavior.