Is Psychology a Science?

  • Created by: BecsaBabe
  • Created on: 18-03-16 12:07

Is Psychology a Science?


  • Research carried out in controlled conditions
  • Quantitative data
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Observable behaviour is measured
  • Objective
  • High in reliability


  • Needs to be considered in the social context
  • Subjective
  • Demand Characteristics
  • Qualitative data
  • Humans are individual so results cannot be generalised
  • Impossible to control all variables


Features of a science are; controlled setting, IV manipulated, High reliability, generalisble, quantitative data, objective, testable and measurable, falsified. Methods that are scientific; lab, field, correlations, twin studies, brain scans. Methods that aren't scientific; dream analysis, case studies, unstructured observations.


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