Chapter 1 - Chapter 1 Introduction: The Science of...

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1 Chapter 1 Introduction: The Science of Psychology Psychology is a science? General public knows little about Psychology: Dr. Freud Dr. Phil Dr. Laura? Less is known about psychological research: Skinner’s rats? Areas of OSU Psych department Clinical Cognitive/Experimental Developmental MR/DD Psychobiology Quantitative Social
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2 What is Science? Systematic empiricism: Empirical – Knowledge gained through observation – Galileo reported seeing the moons of Jupiter Systematic – Work towards a goal; test an explanation What is Science? Publicly verifiable knowledge Report findings – Describe procedure so results may be verified: replication Peer review – Work is criticized by specialists – Not a guarantee, but a safeguard What is Science? Solvable problems:
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PSYCH 300 taught by Professor Myung during the Spring '07 term at Ohio State.

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