The Informative Essay: The Role Of Psychology In Science

The Role of Psychology in Science
There is a reason why we have a vast array of divisions within the world of psychology. Whether it’s from Child Psychology to Adult Development and Aging or from Military Psychology to Rehabilitation Psychology, there seems to be a study of the mind for almost anything and everything that we do in our lives. These divisions, along with 50 other subfields of psychology, branch out and interconnect with the other disciplines creating a network that sources from psychology’s hub of science. Even though many argue that psychology should even be considered a science, it is evident that psychology’s research and its scientific methods has brought our society to where it is today with its vast contributions to
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The debate if psychology is a science is not a new one. Many influential individuals, such as Galileo and Kant, also believed that psychology would not be considered as a science “because of its concern with subjective experience” (Hergenhahn, & Henley, 2014, p. 6). Science is based off of scientific methods and laws which are organized around empirical facts, however there are some concepts that are extremely difficult to provide facts on such as “free …show more content…
They believe that this free will allows humans to behave freely from individual actions and choices that did not derive from any preset mental events (Moreno, 2015). Even in modern psychology, the question if this behavior is a result of free will, or perhaps from biological or environmental stimuli, still remains. Much research has been conducted throughout the history of psychology in the determination of finding an answer to this question along with what restricts free will (Moreno, 2015). Some of these experiments have led theorists to believe that we sometimes act freely (exercise free will), but disagree about whether we can do this in situations that feature indifference between or among our leading options (Mele, 2013). Our mental process associated with our consciousness makes it very difficult for science to provide the facts through empirical evidence, which I previously mentioned are needed to avoid subjective observations, if free will exists or if it doesn’t. “Answers aren’t always yes, or no. Sometimes they are yes and no. It depends. We can, for example, say that it is good for a scientist to strive toward objectivity while being fully aware that he or she cannot reach it” (Cauce, 2011, p.

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