What Type of Work Happens in Experimental Psychology?


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Experimental psychology uses the scientific method to establish causal correlations through experiments, as opposed to theories. Experimental psychology works toward a specific question, like, "Do electrical currents excite nerves in the legs?" as opposed to larger questions like, "What is consciousness?"

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What Type of Work Happens in Experimental Psychology?
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Experimental psychology differs from the more theoretical branches of psychology, such as psychoanalysis. Whereas experimental psychology begins with a hypothesis about a phenomena and tests it through predictive experimentation, psychoanalysis begins with a theory about how a phenomena works, or observes a phenomena and constructs a theory. Experimental psychology requires stringent, peer-reviewed case studies and experimental analysis, whereas psychoanalysis requires logical coherence and consistency without technical, experimental data.

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