Strengths + Weaknesses of Cognitive Psychology

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High level of control in laboratory conditions (e.g. Loftus and Palmer) – can show cause and effect.

Some research has low ecological validity (e.g. Loftus and Palmer)

Contributes to our understanding of the nature-nurture debate, for example, through cross-cultural studies.

Tends to use quantitative rather than qualitative data (e.g. Baron-Cohen, Leslie and Frith)

May help understand those with cognitive problems and may


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