Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • List and describe common sources of belief and identify the likely source of example beliefs
  • Explain why psychology is a science and an art
  • List the steps of the critical thinking process
  • Describe the objectives of science and create examples of each
  • Describe the tenets of science and identify examples of each
  • Apply the steps of the scientific method to a problem
  • Describe the difference between a theory, a concept, and a hypothesis
  • Discuss the various reasons why scientists do research
  • Describe various approaches to research and classify research examples
  • List the steps in planning and doing research and generate a research topic from available sources