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The Scientific Method

Week 2
9/16 & 9/18
Ch. 2

Much of the information \u00a9 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
What is the Scientific Method?
\u2022Way to gain knowledge about behavior and
mental processes
\u2013Not a particular technique or tool
\u2013General approach to gaining knowledge
\u2022There are many ways/approaches to gaining
knowledge about ourselves and the world
\u2013All share the same goal: Seeking the Truth!
Scientific Method
\u2022The scientific method is empirical and requires
systematic, controlled observation

\u2022Scientists gain the greatest control when they
conduct an experiment; in an experiment,
researchers manipulate independent variables to
determine their effect on behavior

\u2022Dependent variables are measures of behavior
used to assess the effects of independent variables

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