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Unformatted text preview: If you understand what makes a phenomenon work, not only will you be able to create or abolish it as you desire, you will also be able to produce completely new variations to suit your needs. You will be able to produce a behavior in an organism that previously did not occur. To explain is to integrate the phenomena within a larger context or paradigm. This provides general rules in order to more easily describe, make predictions, control, and synthesize new phenomena and to communicate this ability to other people. A proper explanation must be based on the criterion specified under truth: it must explicitly and unambiguously specify its elements, it must be testable or capable of being validated, it must be nontautological and it must minimize errors. These factors are discussed in more detail in the section on explanation. The final step in building a logical foundation for your practice of psychology is to...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09