The Science of Psychology

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The Science of Psychology “Psychology is the scientific study of mind, brain and behaviour. Some of what you do learn may seem like ‘common sense’, or at least familiar to you because you are learning about topics in which you can relate to. However some things you may believe is true, but is incorrect. The way we know this is through the application of scientific methods.” Mark Leary suggests that the subject matter of psychology is much more familiar to most people than is the subject matter of physics or biology; we see behaviour all around us. Psychology would be an odd science of thought and behaviour if it only considered thoughts and behaviours completely foreign to people’s experiences, or if its finding always can counter to most people’s beliefs. Many people believed whole-heartedly in flat Earths and cheese moons only to find their common sense views dismantled in the face of scientific evidence. This is the same with psychology. Although most people would like to believe that large rewards produce greater liking for a boring task, that the behaviour of men and women is determined by their biology or that absence makes the heart grow fonder. In short, the popularity of a common sense belief may not always support the weight of scientific evidence. Psychologists are primarily engaged in the task of explaining behaviour, rather than merely cataloguing it. The difference between theory and description – “why” versus “what” – echoes the difference between science and common sense. Common sense certainly helps describe what takes place in behaviour, but doesn’t compel us to understand why it takes place. The develo... ... middle of paper ... ...e, as most of the behaviour towards different situations is used in everyday life, but the fact that the measurements and the results that were found in each study I have explained, helps in finalising the decisions between different matters and opinions, whether people really do this or that. In 1974, Joyson, wrote an article, saying that every person is there own psychologist, after all who knows best an outsider or yourself? He also said that if psychologists did not exist would we need to invent one? We all have to use a bit of psychology to negotiate our lives, regardless of whether or not we have studied it. Bibliography Internet References www.completepsychology.co.uk www.randi.org/vbulletin/printread.php?s=8a0c1318ff319ffe9564b62b4cd872... www.psych.ubc.ca www.holah.karoo.net
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