Why Science Matters: Understanding the Methods of Psychological Research

Why Science Matters: Understanding the Methods of Psychological Research

Author(s): Robert W. Proctor, E. J. Capaldi

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405130493

Online ISBN: 9780470773994

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773994

About this Book

Why Science Matters: Understanding the Methods of Psychological Research rises above standard research methods texts by presenting an up-to-date view of contemporary psychological science as it is currently understood and practiced.


  • Explores not only the procedural aspects of psychological research, but also delves into the issue of how to accomplish effective science.

  • Explicates how hypotheses and theories are to be evaluated.

  • Suggests that the proper approach to devising and evaluating theories is by abduction, not by induction or deduction alone.

  • Incorporates new investigatory procedures, current methodologists, conflicts and issues, implications of the philosophy of science, and a lively prose style.

  • Provides a picture of science that will engage students and expand their abilities as both scientists and psychologists.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Major Methodological Changes in Science from Antiquity to the Present

  2. Part 2: Naturalism and Modern Science

  3. Part 3: Applying Naturalism to Contemporary Methodological Issues in Psychology

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