Chapter 2 Psychology as a Science

Chapter 2 Psychology as a Science - Research Methods...

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8/27/2012 1 Research Methods Psychology The science of studying mental processes and behavior (Comer, 2011) The science of behavior and mental processes (Hockenbury, 2012) The science of mind and behavior (Merriam-Webster) The study of the mind, occurring partly via the study of behavior … Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain cognitive functions and behaviors. (Wikipedia) Science A framework of knowledge about a set of phenomenon which have been confirmed with empirical tests. Empiricism The belief that accurate knowledge can be acquired through scientific observation. Systematic Intersubjective
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8/27/2012 2 Pseudoscience A set of ideas put forth as scientific when they are not scientific. Pseudoscience is often claimed to be based on empirical observation and testing when it in fact has not stood the test of scientific investigation Pop Psychology Psychology which is loosely based on empirical support.
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