The Science of Psychology What are the aims of science and what place has psychology and statistics within it? Outline How do we come to know anything? Defining Science Characteristics Objectives and Techniques Philosophical Issues: How does science proceed? Logical Positivism Popper
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What are the aims of science and what place has psychology and statistics within it?
How do we come to know anything?
Objectives and Techniques
Philosophical Issues: How does science proceed?
Truth and Relativism
Where does Statistics come in?
Doing good research
There is no one definition of science or its methods, though one thing we can say for sure is that it’s very much misunderstood by non-scientists
When talking of psychological science it gets even worse
For example, the vast majority of the public seems to think Freud is as influential as ever, and yet he was heavily criticized by psychological scientists from the getgo.1
It doesn’t help that scientific psychology is fraught with bad research practices
“Top” journals are no exception, though better than some
Many still do the same tired analyses they learned in graduate school, and even do those incorrectly and poorly when appropriate
This course is a first step you can take to make your field more applicable to modern problems and acceptable as a scientific discipline