Holism evaluation

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  • Holism evaluation
    • can explain key aspects of social behaviour
      • there are some social behaviours that only emerge within a group context and cannot be understood at the level of individual group members.
      • effects of Dei individualisation of prisoners and guards in the Stanford prison experiment
        • could not be understood by studying the participants as individuals, only as groups.
      • this shows that holistic explanations are needed for a more complete understanding go behaviour than reductionist approaches.
    • impractical
      • holistic explanations tend not to involve in depth scientific testing
      • they become vague and speculative as they become more complex.
      • suggests when it comes to finding solutions for Real world problems lower level explanations may be more appropriate


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