Why isn't phsycology a science?

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zana54
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It's so unfair. I love phycology. Why isn't it regarded as a science?
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It's not a pure science subject, it's considered science in some universities. E.g. you can use it for things like forensic science at some unis where they'll say 'biology, psychology or chemistry'. Most universities don't though - because it's not a traditional pure science - you wouldn't learn about the human brain as much as you would in biology (I take psychology too)
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I think it's considered a social science like economics.
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One of the reasons is that it's argued that any result gained from even the most scientific of experiments will be biased in some way as they measure human behaviour and not numbers, and we as humans can't be objective about our own minds.
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science has to be objective however it's difficult to be objective in psychology


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Because its not hard.
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Whats phsycology?
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When you can't even find 'psychology' in the dictionary; how would you ever truly know?
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Dodgy spellings aside, psychology is a science in that it involves the empirical testing of hypotheses. Sure, it is difficult to control a lot of the variables involved, bias is more of an issue, and, as a natural scientist, I wouldn't touch some of their methods with a barge pole, but it does involve the application of the scientific method.
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(Original post by zkhan54)
It's so unfair. I love phycology. Why isn't it regarded as a science?
P-s-y-c-h-o-l-o-g-y. Psychology.

And human behavior is not a science.
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does anyone know where to get the 2015 aqa psychology paper from ? thanks
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For a science to be a science it must obey the following:
Obtain objective, empirical data, ie data that you can visually see and is a measure of cause and effect. Most of psychology is subjective and down to interpretation. There is no clear white or black answer.
Repeatability: for scientific experiments to be valid they must be repeatable. Most psychology experiments are in the form of case studies or such experiments where the participants have individual differences, therefore these cannot be repeated accurately.
Reproducibility: closely linked with the above, you cannot obtain the same results using different people or in a different time period.
Peer review: most scientific data has been peer reviewed and are published in scientific journals, articles etc. Whereas although some psychology data are in scientific publications not all are peer reviewed. You find most psychology related information online, in magazines etc, places where peer review doesn't occur.

There are more characteristics of science and pseudoscience (which psychology comes under), but I can't think of them right now
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(Original post by ShotsFired-9941)
P-s-y-c-h-o-l-o-g-y. Psychology.

And human behavior is not a science.
sorry, shots fired. People make mistakes and that was simple spelling error dude.
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(Original post by ShotsFired-9941)
P-s-y-c-h-o-l-o-g-y. Psychology.

And human behavior is not a science.
Biology has human behaviour components in it. Biology is definitely a science.
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