Think And Writing Assignment

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Josh Bellinghausen PY 100 Thinking and Writing Assignment #1 The scientific method is made up of several processes that are used to discover a reason  for a random phenomenon that is occurring. The method is comprised of several parts that  follow a step by step order. Initially a theory is created based on the ideas of why you feel  something occurs the way it does. “A theory is an explanation using an integrated set of  principles that organizes and predicts observations” (21 Myers).  After the theory is compiled the  psychologist produces a hypothesis, which is used to describe the way the phenomenon occurs.  The hypothesis must also be testable, thus meaning an experiment must be able to be used to  prove or discredit the proposed explanation. When a hypothesis is testable it allows a scientist to  gather data that will support his or her claim. Once the person knows what they are testing, they  set up their experiment that allows them to record what happens when certain aspects of the  experiment are stimulated. Once the experiment begins the observer records all the relevant data,  and then puts it to use by analyzing and interpreting it. Once this step is completed you show  whether or not the data gathered supports or rejects your hypothesis. A psychologist must be  careful to take all the data into his consideration and not just the data that supports his or her  hypothesis. Once all of these steps have been completed you reevaluate your theory if needed  and continue your research. This process is very useful when it is used correctly because it 
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PSY 100 taught by Professor All during the Spring '08 term at Colorado State.

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