Usefulness of psychological research

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What do we need to consider to class something as useful?
Can it be generalised to a wide population? Can it benefit a number of people or causes?
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What does usefulness refer to?
The extent research can be used to improve something.
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Who can research be useful to?
Other psychologists, the general public, experts and politicians.
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What makes research less useful?
Ignoring free will, being reductionist, self-report methods with demand characteristics.
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In what ways is the social approach useful?
Helps us to understand behaviour in groups.
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How is the social approach less useful?
Ignores nature and biological influences.
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How is the psychodynamic perspective useful?
Provides large amount of in-depth qualitative data.
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How is the the psychodynamic perspective less useful?
Non-scientific methods used which are hard to test.
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How can the behaviourist perspective be said to be useful?
Practical applications, scientific methods.
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Why is the behaviourist perspective less useful?
Not generalisable and ignores nature.
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How can the developmental approach be seen as useful?
Helps us to understand changes and development.
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Why can the developmental approach said to be less useful?
Deterministic, ignores free will.
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How is the physiological approach useful?
Scientific, controlled methods used.
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How can the physiological approach be seen as less useful?
Reductionist - ignores nurture and cognitive.
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How is the individual differences approach useful?
Helps to diagnose and treat disorders.
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Why can the individual differences approach be viewed as less useful?
Not generalisable and no scientific methods used.
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Why can the cognitive approach be seen as useful?
Highly controlled, scientific methods used which establish cause and effect.
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How is the cognitive approach less useful?
Uses self-report methods, demand characteristics.
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What studies can be said to be useful?
Bandura, Rosenhan, Farrington
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Why can these studies be said to be useful?
Bandura - Shows nurture has an impact, Rosenhan - Helps diagnose disorders, Farrington - Highlights risk and protective factors.
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Which studies can be said to not be useful?
Daly and Wilson, Holmes and Rahe, COWPE
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Why are these studies seen as less useful?
Daly and Wilson - No practical applications, Holmes and Rahe - Created SRSS scale, COWPE - Showed television campaigns can be effective.
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