Developing Hypotheses and Theories

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Developing Hypotheses and Theories 14/04/2009 11:47:00 The importance of Theories We use scientific approach and systematic observation to build meaningful  explanations  for human psychological phenomena o We want to know: WHY? We need theories and models  o Our primary goal Data are secondary, but still necessary  Who are the most prominent psychologists you can name? o Probably known for their ambitious, novel theories, not individual data People who obtain data are not as famous, because they do not  have the ideas that are big Theories don’t have to be giant! They can explain small sets of behavior  More Theories What is a theory? o A set of propositions that attempt to specify the interrelationships  among a set of concepts  Concept = o Refers to the characteristics of an event, situation, or group being  studied; may be observable or hypothetical 
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 12 taught by Professor Sweeny during the Spring '09 term at UC Riverside.

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