Join TSR now and get all your revision questions answeredSign up now

What is the usefulness of the debate 'is Psychology a science?' in understanding huma Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    What is the usefulness of the debate 'is Psychology a science?' in understanding human behaviour?
    1.I am not looking for answers as to whether psychology is a science, but answers or arguments on whether there should still be the debate or not.
    and
    2.How does that debate help understand human behaviour?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bekezela)
    What is the usefulness of the debate 'is Psychology a science?' in understanding human behaviour?
    1.I am not looking for answers as to whether psychology is a science, but answers or arguments on whether there should still be the debate or not.
    and
    2.How does that debate help understand human behaviour?
    Scientific research is seen as valid, reliable and falsifiable. These three components are seen as key to strong research. If Psychology research is viewed as 'scientific', the results it produces, the conclusions it draws, and the solutions it devises are likely to have far higher credibility than non-scientific research. So the continuing debate is helpful to help assert the usefulness of Psychology in the context of real life and solving real life problems.

    The debate does show us a lot about human behaviour. It shows us that not all human behaviour can be tested by scientific methodology. This is because not all behaviours can be studied in laboratory environments and many do not produce the quantitative data scientific research requires. Psychoanalytical and individual difference psychology are key examples. Both perspectives often require unscientific human observations which are inherently subjective and therefore automatically unscientific. Both perspectives often produce masses of qualitative data which cannot be quantified for rigorous scientific analysis.

    What do you think about these two ideas?
 
 
 
Poll
What is your favourite film genre?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.