PSY3204-CHPT.OUTLINE - PSY-3204 CHAPTER ONE OUTL INE I Methods of Acquiring Knowledge A Authority One accepts information as being true because

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PSY-3204 CHAPTER ONE OUTLINE----- I. Methods of Acquiring Knowledge A. Authority . One accepts information as being true because someone who is supposed to know tells you something is true. B. Rationalism . This method uses reason alone to arrive at knowledge. One analyzes a situation and draws logical conclusions based on the information at hand. The conclusion is not tested empirically to determine if it is correct. C. Intuition . This is a sudden insight that springs into consciousness all at once as a whole. D. Scientific method . This method uses reasoning and intuition as a means of formulating an idea of what is true but then relies on objective assessment to verify or deny the validity of the idea. 1. Idea formed and hypothesis made. 2. Experiment designed. 3. Data collected and analyzed using statistics. 4. Hypothesis confirmed, denied or modified. II. Scientific Research A. Observational studies . In this research there is no direct experimental manipulation of variables. This technique employs naturalistic observation of
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2009 for the course PSY 3204 taught by Professor Shahramghiasinejad during the Summer '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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PSY3204-CHPT.OUTLINE - PSY-3204 CHAPTER ONE OUTL INE I Methods of Acquiring Knowledge A Authority One accepts information as being true because

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