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What are strengths of determinism?
Emphasis on cause and effect so allows predictions to be made; It is the Purpose of science so it is accepted, scientific and objective
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What are limitations of Determinism?
Free Will is an illusion and does not allow it; Behaviour is complex and determinism cannot fully explain it
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What are strengths of Reductionism?
Important in studying humans and the world in a scientific way as it analyses and tests; Easier to study isolated components and control others, this leads to objectivity and scientific
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What are limitations of Reductionism
Does not give a full account of behaviour; Components difficult to isolate so behaviour is not meaningful from a lack of social context
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What are strengths of Nature-Nurture?
Behaviour can be due to nature, not inappropriate parenting = accepted; Distinction allows us to see inherited and learnt behaviour
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What are limitations of Nature- Nurture?
Simplistic to divide explanations as two combine in complex ways; Discovering behaviour or capacity is inherited may lead to neglecting environmental effects
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What are the strengths of Ethnocentrism?
Can study the mechanism which causes prejudice and discrimination; Address ethnocentrism to improve society
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What are the limitations of ethnocentrism?
Does not allow us to generalise findings; Leads to Bias in researcher assuming his culture is superior
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What are the arguments for Psychology being a science?
Research based; Scientific methods used to manipulate IV in experimentation with high controls; Has theories which which generate hypothesis and are tested empirically
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What are the arguments against psychology being a science?
People cannot be investigated as they are aware of the investigation which alters behaviour; Psychology's subject matter is not observable; No universal paradigm; Much Psychological material is not science
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What are strengths of individual and situational explanations?
Categorise which behaviour is determined and which is situational = findings useful for society; Behaviour may involve a complex interaction between individual and situational factors opens up new direction for further study
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What are the strengths of useful research?
Benefits society; Enhances value of psychology as a subject
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