Which theories/ studies in Psychology have now become invalid?

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theories that have been proven invalid and no longer relevant?
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theories that have been proven invalid and no longer relevant?
To be honest any theory/psychologists that is/has not measurable/measured scientifically is/was invalid.
e.g. Freud
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Homosexuality as a mental disorder
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Zimbardos prison experiment
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Zimbardos prison experiment
Yeah I read the article on that a few weeks ago. Makes me pretty mad to have studied the case study for so long to find that the results are pretty much useless now.
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Yeah I read the article on that a few weeks ago. Makes me pretty mad to have studied the case study for so long to find that the results are pretty much useless now.
My understanding of the study is that it was always questionable methodology and consequently taken with a pinch of salt from the start
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My understanding of the study is that it was always questionable methodology and consequently taken with a pinch of salt from the start
That's true, being a social psychology study. But to some extent it was considered legit, especially since the study has been in so many entry level psychology textbooks. As in, the results had SOME merit even if the study had been lacking in validity. But now recent news shows it's pretty much completely fake. And that sucks.
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Paiget’s theory of childhood development/attachment. He essentially compared humans to geese. Silly from the start.

By extension the whole notion of cupboard love was heavily disproved in an unfortunate way by harlows monkeys.

I guess you could also include long term memories stored inside the hippocampus (disproved by that guy who had his hippocampus ripped out)

As awesome as bowlby was he was very very wrong about many of his critical milestone/period estimates. The Romanian orphanages showed that children can developed language skills without their parents as long as they had someone to communicate with.
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