Making Research Scientific

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Making Research Scientific Psychological research, like research in other fields, must meet certain criteria in order to be considered scientific. Research must be: Replicable Falsifiable Precise Parsimonious Research Must Be Replicable Research is replicable when others can repeat it and get the same results. When psychologists report what they have found through their research, they also describe in detail how they made their discoveries. This way, other psychologists can repeat the research to see if they can replicate the findings. After psychologists do their research and make sure it’s replicable, they develop a theory and translate the theory into a precise hypothesis. A hypothesis is a testable prediction of what will happen given a certain set of conditions. Psychologists test a hypothesis by using a specific research method, such as naturalistic observation , a case study , a survey , or an experiment . If the test does not confirm the hypothesis, the psychologist revises or rejects the original theory.
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