example of mechanistic interactionism?
Mechanistic interactionism (Endler, 1983), derives from the concept of an interaction effect as itappears in certain statistical procedures. In mechanistic interactionism, a personâs trait constitutesone independent predictor, the situation constitutes a second independent predictor, and theinteraction between trait and situation constitutes a third predictor. The dependent variable, oroutcome to be predicted, is some form of measurable behavior. In such a study, a significant effectfor the traitâsituation interaction indicates (a) that there exists a statistical tendency for the traitto be associated with the behavior when a particular level of the situation is involved, or similarly,(b) that there exists a tendency for the situation to be associated with the behavior when a particularlevel of the trait is involved.