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Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study

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


>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

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.


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