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Investigating the Psychological World: Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences

Brian D. Haig


This book constructs a broad theory of scientific method, which speaks to the conduct of psychological research. This abductive theory of method (ATOM) portrays research as a bottom-up process comprising two broad phases: the detection of empirical phenomena, and the construction of explanatory theories in order to explain claims about the phenomena. ATOM functions as a broad framework theory within which a variety of more specific research methods can be located and employed. A coherent treatment of those methods is enhanced by placing them within the framework of ATOM. A subsidiary focus of ... More

Keywords: scientific method, induction, abduction, phenomena detection, theory construction, science education

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027366
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.001.0001


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Brian D. Haig, author

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