• Question: Why do you think that a lot of people believe that psychology isn't a science?

    Asked by 575reah45 to Sam, Rose, Maggi, Kirsty, Ben on 14 Jun 2017.
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      Rose Turner answered on 14 Jun 2017:

      I think it comes from a lack of understanding about what psychological study involves. Some people think of Psychologists are all bearded men (like Freud!) sitting in dusty old offices and talking to people about their childhood experiences. This does happen in psychology, but it’s not the only thing that happens! Psychology is a fantastic science because it involves a range of research methods, and lots of parts of psychology overlap with other sciences. For example, when you do research in psychology you have opportunities to take physiological measurements (like heart rate, skin conductance [sweating], and tiny changes in muscle movement), to scan people’s brains, to stimulate parts of people’s brains using low levels of electricity), to measure their eye movements, to test their cognitive skills, to observe their behaviours, and much much more! The best psychologists are very rigorous whatever method they use! A lot of psychologists use similar statistical analysis procedures to researchers in other sciences too. 🙂

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      Kirsty Miller answered on 15 Jun 2017:

      Hi 🙂 Great question! And one of my favourite topics because this has happened to me a few times! I think because the topic we study is people, it is assumed that this is not scientific! However, we use the scientific method in the same way as chemists, or biologists – we test hypothesis, collect data, revise our hypotheses based on the data etc. We use the same rules and same methods as other scientists, so I think we are just as scientific as them! 😉