Lecture 2 Notes on Scientific Method

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Department
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Course
BCS 110
Professor
Andrea Hinds
Semester
Fall

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Research Methods & The Scientific Method Behavior  What is a behavior?  An everyday habit that can be observed and sometimes calculated  What is a variable? What are some variables of interest for Biopsychology? o Anything that has the ability to change (i.e. time, behavior, attitude)  Independent variable  Dependent variable Scientific Method  What is the scientific method? o Systematic o Empirical evidence o Measurable  How does this compare to use of reason/logic?  Why is this method necessary for Psychobiology? o No ultimate truth o Monism (reducing all processes, structures, and concepts to a single principle)  Human v. Non-Human Subjec
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