The Importance Of The Scientific Method In Psychology

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Science Buddies (2002) states,
“The scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments.”
The scientific method is closely related to the related to psychology due to the fact that without observing, doing experiments, and asking questions there would be no such thing as psychology. A psychologist would never understand the brain if they did not study it. If we were to not to use the scientific method in psychology, it would just be a big guessing game. For example without the scientific method it 's possible that psychologist would think you are depressed because your brain doesn 't want you to be happy, even though the real reason is a lack of serotonin. Although, there are other methods of observation psychologists use; case study, survey, and naturalistic observation. Case studies are typically used for people with mental illnesses. Phycologists would gather a small group and interview and give them questioners
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The correlation method studies things like, the more you go to school the smarter you are, or the longer your legs are the faster you walk. They usually get this data by observing and surveys. According to Rathus (2014)
In an experimental group of participants obtains a treatment, such as a dose of alcohol, a change in room temperature, or perhaps an injection of a drug. The participants observed to determine whether the treatment makes a difference in their behavior. … Experiments allow the psychologists to control the experiences of participants and draw conclusions about cause and effect.
Although they may seem very similar they are actually quite different. In experimental the psychologist has control of the situation and can change it to get different outcomes. In the correlation method, it’s based upon what the people say or do and they can’t control it to change the

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