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3.1.3: Psychology as a Science

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  • Psychology as a Science - A Quick Pre-assessment

    Pre-reading quiz for “Why Science?” Chapter Introduction to Psychology for Reading 091 Unit 

    Related RDG 100 Course Competencies and Skills

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    Which of the following statements explain the scientific nature of psychology?

    1. Psychology studies begin with a hypothesis.

    2. Psychology studies record observable data.

    3. Psychology studies rely on research psychologists’ opinions when they report findings.

    4. Psychology is cumulative in that psychological knowledge builds on previous research and underpins new studies.

    5. Psychologists are skeptical.

     Answer

    1. Psychology studies begin with a hypothesis.

    2. Psychology studies record observable data.

    3. Psychology studies rely on research psychologists’ opinions when they report findings.

    4. Psychology is cumulative in that psychological knowledge builds on previous research and underpins new studies.

    5. Psychologists are skeptical.

    In psychology research with human and animal subjects (participants), researchers follow a code of ethics. Which of the following isnot a likely one of those codes? 

    1. Psychologist must weigh the potential benefits versus risks to participants in their studies.

    2. Psychologists can share individual results of a study with or without a confidentiality agreement. (NOT TRUE)

    3. Psychologists must ask participants for informed consent – that is, that they have chosen to participate in the study or experiment.

    4. Participants who have been deceived about the true nature of a study must be debriefed afterwards.

    Answer

    1. Psychologist must weigh the potential benefits versus risks to participants in their studies.

    2. Psychologists can share individual results of a study with or without a confidentiality agreement. (NOT TRUE)

    3. Psychologists must ask participants for informed consent – that is, that they have chosen to participate in the study or experiment.

    4. Participants who have been deceived about the true nature of a study must be debriefed afterwards.

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