Chapter 2 mostly addresses research methods in relation to science. This was interesting for me to turn my own definition of psychology: Psychological study is quiet independent from science. As science designs research models, psychology also constructs research methods identically. Experimental designs, correlation designs, observation, and case studies are the examples that are discussed in the book. I thought this is significant foundation to understand the rest of the concepts in this text. Even the author consistently declares psychology as the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviors (Lilienfield 2010).
However, there were concerns in me when it began to discuss the ethical issues of animal research. Actually, it is hard to say we should stop put animals into the experiment. However, on the other hand, it is somewhat necessary since there are hard things to experiment on human. I carefully think that as if psychology cannot cover the entire phenomenon in human like metaphysical claims, scientific research cannot take all the emerging issues of rights of living organisms. As IRB had been built for setting the ethical guidelines, it can be useful to have similar agency that can reduce the controversies between scientists and animal rights activists.
Lilienfeld, S., Lynn, S., Namy, L., and Woolf, N. (2010). Psychology from inquiry to understanding. Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions
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