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This text presents a reader-friendly introduction to the basic principles of experimental psychological research.
Experimental Methodology is organized so that each chapter focuses on a specific step in the research process. This text provides instruction in experimental research as well as non-experimental approaches such as ex-post facto research, correlational research, and survey research. Also included are qualitative research approaches such as ethnography and phenomenology.
1. Introduction to Scientific Research
Kuhn and Paradigms
Lakatos and Research Programs
Feyerabend’s Anarchists Theory of Science
What is Science?
Overuse of ad hoc Hypotheses to Escape Refutation
Absence of Self-Correction
Reversed burden of Proof
Emphasis on Confirmation rather than Refutation
Overreliance on Testimonials and Anecdotal Evidence
Use of Obscurantist language
Absence of “Connectivity” with Other Disciplines
Advantage of Scientific Research
Characteristics of Scientific Research
Objectives of Scientific Research
Basic Assumption Underlying Scientific Research
Reality in Nature
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