The importance of scientific method for psychological science

This article is concerned with the nature of scientific method and its importance for psychology. It begins by considering the nature of scientific methodology as an essential source for a proper understanding scientific method. This is followed by an outline, and short assessment, of three major th...

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Published in:Psychology, crime & law
Main Author: Haig, Brian D. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2019
In:Psychology, crime & law
Year: 2019, Volume: 25, Issue: 6, Pages: 527-541
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Summary:This article is concerned with the nature of scientific method and its importance for psychology. It begins by considering the nature of scientific methodology as an essential source for a proper understanding scientific method. This is followed by an outline, and short assessment, of three major theories of the scientific method: hypothetico-deductive method, inductive method, and inference to the best explanation. Thereafter, a broad abductive theory of scientific method, that has particular relevance for psychology, is presented. Finally, the value of the scientific method for a genuine education in science is considered.
ISSN:1477-2744
DOI:10.1080/1068316X.2018.1557181