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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYB30H3
Professor
Marc A Fournier
Semester
Winter

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*+,-.* ,*! - Large # of theoretical approaches - Remember: every theory is not as good as every other theory. - Criteria that have been accepted and established. - 7 criteria Desiderata for a Scientific Theory of Personality - coherent, testable, & empirically valid - comprehensive Theories should be testable. Consistent with data we have collected or will collect in the future. Any data that does not match has to be thrown out or revised. - comprehensiveness and parsimony comprehensiveness : explanatory scope of a particular theory. Some will try to explain more than another. Eg. Freudian analysis strives to explain a lot. Prefer theory that explains more than less, all things being equal. Pay a price to understand a wider range of phenomenon. New variable, becomes increasingly complicated. - simple and elegant is most desirable. - Prefer the one that introduces the least # of variables. - To be parsimonious is to be simple and elegant. - Parsimony and comprehensiveness traded off against eachother. - Strive to find the right balance. - *+,,*-*+.+*+.- - Real world problems. - Psychoanalysis, behaviouralism, etc. www.notesolution.com
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