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    Hi, just wondering if anyone can help me with the evaluation of animal research in biological rhythms in psychology,
    thanks a million!!

    When evaluating animal research in relation to any topic in psychology there are 2 main points to consider:

    1. Ethics- Many people would say that it is unethical to harm animals in order to advance our understanding of psychology. Some people would say we don't have the right to do this as it could cause them pain and suffering or even kill them. Others would argue that if it is for the benefit of science, rather than for example cosmetics, then it is acceptable to use animals but it is widely debated.

    2. Generalisability- It could be argued that, as animals have very different physiology to humans, we don't actually learn that much about human psychology from experimenting on animals because the results can't be generalised from the animal's body and brain, to a human. This is because humans as a species have much higher level functioning than all other animals and consequently there are many other factors that affect their behaviour.

    They're just the points that I would cover, but I did get an A* in psychology A level last year so I don't think you should be too far off the mark if you use the ideas above. Hope that helps
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