Chapter 1

Very brief chapter overview

The first part of this chapter tells you why psychology is a science.  The last part explains why you should be able to understand and conduct research.

Chapter Summary

The essence of science is that it attempts to find the truth by unearthing observable, objective evidence that either supports or refutes our preconceived notions. Psychology is a science because, like other sciences, psychology
( To see that psychology possesses the eight key characteristics of science, see Table 1.2 [p. 22];

to review why science is a useful way of knowing see Table 1.3 [pp. 23-25])

After reading the last part of the chapter (pages 25-31), you should be able to state nine reasons why you should understand research methods (the reasons are listed in Box 1.1, p. 33).

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