What does it mean to be a psychological scientist? Why do our attitudes and knowledge about science matter, now more than ever?

To be a psychological scientist is to adhere to the scientific method when trying to understand the human psyche. This involves respecting the scientific subject-object model of experimentation and observation. Our attitudes about and knowledge of science matters now more than ever because we live in an age where the conscious adherence to the scientific method is seen at an unprecedented level.

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To be a psychological scientist is to be a scientist in the psychology of the human mind. The word science here implies adherence to the scientific method of thought, one that involves observation and experimentation. The scientific method also involves the making of a testable hypothesis.

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To be a psychological scientist is to be a scientist in the psychology of the human mind. The word science here implies adherence to the scientific method of thought, one that involves observation and experimentation. The scientific method also involves the making of a testable hypothesis.

Consider the following: Imagine you have observed that when people are happy, they tend to walk with their heads held up high. You have observed this throughout your life and now you make a hypothesis. You think, if people are happy, then they hold their heads up high when they walk. For this claim to become scientific, you decide to test this hypothesis by repeated observation and experimentation. This involves conceptually separating the act of happiness and the state of happiness from other states, testing to find a direct correlation between such states and people holding their heads up high after such states, testing to find if one causes the other, etc. If you do all of this and respect the results of your experiment, you have now become a psychological scientist or a scientist of psychology.

Our attitudes about and knowledge of science matter now more than ever because we live in an age where the conscious adherence to the scientific method is seen at an unprecedented level. We have what can be called ideological adherence to the scientific method. This method has left the laboratory and now pervades our sociopolitical as well as moral spheres. Because science now pervades and occupies more spaces than it used to, what people think and how much they know about science becomes a matter of political importance. It matters now more than ever, because it is intricately connected to our lives in a variety of ways.

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