Myers’ PSYCHOLOGY (7th Ed). Chapter 1 Thinking Critically with Psychological Science James A. McCubbin, PhD Clemson University Worth Publishers. The Need for Psychological Science.
Thinking Critically with Psychological Science
James A. McCubbin, PhD
Psychologists, like all scientists, use the scientific method to construct theories that organize observations and imply testable hypotheses
The Amazing Randi--Skeptic
Psychologists describe behavior using case studies, surveys, and naturalistic observation
Is language uniquely human?
(positive or negative)
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Three Possible Cause-Effect Relationships
Can laboratory experiments illuminate everyday life?
Does behavior depend on ones culture?
Does behavior vary with gender?
Why do psychologists study animals?
Is it ethical to experiment on animals?
Is it ethical to experiment on people?
Is psychology free of value judgments?
Is psychology potentially dangerous?