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GOUVEIA, Valdiney Veloso. Social Psychology as Science and Practice: What do Brazilian Researchers Think?. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.4, pp.491-500. ISSN 0102-3772.

This study aimed to gain knowledge regarding the way Brazilian Social Psychology researchers conceive their field, considering the science-practice dichotomy. Participants were 100 representatives of research groups of this discipline. They answered an online questionnaire with five parts: conceptions of social psychology, area representatives, reference journals, attitudes toward the discipline as basic and applied sciences and demographic questions. Social psychology was conceived as socio-historical-critical, polarizing between Silvia Lane and Aroldo Rodrigues. The journal Psicologia & Sociedade was considered the most appropriate for publications in this area, while internationally the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology was highlighted. Participants' attitudes characterized this discipline as applied rather than basic science. In conclusion, the abrapsian perspective is predominant in Brazil, diverging some researchers of the classic social psychology.

Palavras-chave : Social psychology; crisis; relevance; basic science; applied science.

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