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Investigating the Psychological WorldScientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences$
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Brian D. Haig

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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Detecting Psychological Phenomena

Detecting Psychological Phenomena

(p.31) 2 Detecting Psychological Phenomena
Investigating the Psychological World

Brian D. Haig

The MIT Press

This chapter draws from the new experimentalism in the philosophy of science in order to reconstruct the important process of phenomena detection as it applies to psychology. In doing so, a four-stage model of data analysis is proposed. The three-fold distinction between data, phenomena, and explanatory theory is drawn, and its implications for understanding the nature of psychological science are spelled out.

Keywords:   data, phenomena, theory, data analysis, replication

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