PSYB30H3 Lecture : Lecture 2

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7 widely accepted criteria (in systematic order by fournier: coherence. Logical/internal consistency, should not contradict itself: testability. Give rise to hypotheses which are clearly falsifiable: empirically validity collected or to be collected in the future, otherwise thrown out. Theories should be consistent with data: comprehensiveness. I. e. freudian psychoanalysis very comprehensive theory as it tries to explain all aspects of human behaviour. It is desirable to have comprehensiveness so many parts and information to the theory: parsimonious and easy to understandable theory. Simple and elegant theory means less complicated: utility(usefulness) A theory which translates solutions to human problems (socially useful to generate solutions to real world problems, such as psychoanalysis and behaviourism: generative generate new questions. Theories should excite scientist & provoke interest to. sigmund freud (1856 1939) - started out as a neurologist and introduced psychotherapy the talking cure & observed patients having mental conflicts, but claimed to have biological conflicts, but there was no biological predisposition.

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