Science, Ecological Validity and Experimentation

Chow, Siu L. (1987) Science, Ecological Validity and Experimentation. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Some important meta-theoretical insights about experimental psychology are integrated into the "conjectures and refutations" framework in order to reinforce a realist's view of scientific methodology. Some issues which may be difficult for the realist's position are discussed. It is argued that there is no need for the evidential observation to mimic the phenomenon of interest; such a mimicry may even be counter-productive. A case is also made that questions about ecological validity are not relevant to the rationale of experimentation.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:ecological validity, experimentation, realist, science, theory-dependent observation, atheoretical observation, generality, replication
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:816
Deposited By: Chow, Dr. Siu L.
Deposited On:26 Jul 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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