From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:01:06 -0500 Archived: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:06:03 -0500 Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:56:43 -0400 >Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:21:43 +0000 >>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >><snip> >It is not science based if it's coming from the field of >psychology; simple as that. Don, I can't let such a blanket statement go by unchallenged. You must have a very simple-minded understanding of the field of psychology. Some of the research, for example in the study of perception and cognition, use as rigorous a methodology as you'll find in physics. Other areas, such as social psychology, deal with systems where there is a great deal more uncertainty, but the methodology is still scientific. There are theories followed by experiments to test them. Perhaps your understanding of psychology is limited to clinical psychology where theorizing is more loosey-goosey and harder to support with experiments. Yet even here there are impressive theoretical frameworks that accommodate and 'explain' otherwise disparate observations of human behavior. You would do better to criticize the present study on the basis of the methodology employed rather than the field with which it is associated. For example, ask what is the theoretical rationale for the study. If there is none, then ask what is the justification for throwing together this particular questionnaire? If you know the theoretical rationale, then you would also know the nature of the conclusion that will be drawn, even before the data is collected. The difficulty here is that the experimenter might be concerned about biasing the data if the theoretical rationale were known by respondents beforehand. But one should certainly expect it to appear in a report on the research. William Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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