Debate: Is Psychology A Science?

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  • Created on: 04-06-13 09:03
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  • Is Psychology a Science???
    • What is Science?
      • Science is a systematic study which involves observation, experiment and measurement
    • Falsification
    • Reductionism
      • breaking complex things down to make it more simple
        • science typically takes a reductionist approach
    • Scientific Subject Matter
      • something that can be studied
        • most things in psycho cant be studied scientifically
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  • A science should involve the following 5 features:
    • Hypothetico Deductive Model
      • Falsification
        • Reductionism
    • What is Science?
      • Science is a systematic study which involves observation, experiment and measurement
  • Paradigm
  • Scientific Subject matter
  • Falsification
  • can you test the hypothesis?
    • can you prove it wrong?
      • is it useful if you can't falsify it?
        • eg. are all swans white
  • Paradigm
    • a guiding set of beliefs accepted by a majority
    • Is Psychology a Science???
      • Reductionism
        • breaking complex things down to make it more simple
          • science typically takes a reductionist approach
      • Scientific Subject Matter
        • something that can be studied
          • most things in psycho cant be studied scientifically
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  • can define how research is done, what methods are acceptable
    • these can change due to more discoveries
  • there is not 1 followed paradigm in psychology

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