Advantages of the Scientific Method PLAN

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Empirical

This is information gained through direct observation and experiment

ADVANTAGES: we know the truth of the theory or the benefits of treatment through empirical evidence

EXAMPLE: testing a drug to see if it reduced anxiety 

Objective(of a person or their judgement) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions)

This is reflected in empirical data i.e. not affected by the expectations of the researcher

ADVANTAGE: without objectivity we have know way of being certain data collected is valid

EXAMPLE: Gardner and Gardner- observers may have judged Washoe to be using real words because they wanted him to succeed. For this reason a strict set of criteria was developed to help make judgements

Falsifiable (possible to conceive an observation or an argument which proves the statement in question to be false)

The aim

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