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8/31/11 Psychology as a Science o Psychology- scientific study of behavior o The branch of psychology concerned with learning, memory, and cognition o **The development and assessment of psychological research design and methodology** Methods of Acquiring Knowledge o Science Empirical- based on experience Objective- everyone perceives the same way o Common Sense Not always common Science often proves wrong Intuition Gut feeling Not objectively tested o Non-empirical Authority Even authorities can be wrong Quack doctors, faith healers Logic Drawing conclusion from assumptions Important in science, but secondary to observation 5 Working Assumptions of Science o Realism o Rationality o Regularity Experiments conducted today will be valid until proven wrong o Determinism/Causality Every action has a cause o Discoverability No limits, nothing is impossible or unattainable Advantages of the Scientific Method
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course PSYC 351 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas A&M.

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