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Does any one know anything about psychology?

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  1. Sydthesquirrel
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    A little bit but not much

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  2. jackoo
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    Can you help with this??:D how has empiricism affected the development of psychology?

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    Hi! I'd like to try to help you. Can I? Let's start with "empiricism." Empiricism is the idea that knowledge comes from our senses. It comes from what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Basically, empiricism says that......just because you THINK something works a certain way, doesn't mean that it actually DOES work that way. You have to observe. You have to experiment. You have to find a theory to back it up. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Let's talk about a famous case: Did you ever talk about Kitty Genovese, in class? Kitty Genovese was that woman, from New York, who was chased by a knife-man. She got stabbed twice, and she screamed for help. And there were plenty of people who DID hear her cries for help. But nobody did anything to help her. So, the attacker stabbed her some more, raped her, robbed her, and left. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, a lot of people were surprised that nobody did anything help Kitty Genovese, even though many people heard her screams! One of the guys who heard her even said, "I didn't wanna get involved." Wouldn't you LOGICALLY think that out of ALL those people, SOMEONE would help Kitty Genovese? But that's rational thinking. And empiricism says that rational thinking isn't always right! Empiricism says that if you want the truth, you have to really experience it. Because what you THINK is true...might not actually BE true. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So, years later, psychologists did another experiment, relevant to Kitty Genovese's case. Here, I'll run through it real quickly: 1. Experimenters put 3 people in a room, and closed the door. 2. Experimenters let smoke into the room, from underneath the door, to make the people think that there was a fire outside. 3. Experimenters rationally thought that out of THREE people, SOMEONE would do something. They thought that SOMEONE would say, "Hey...there's a frikkin' fire in this building. We have to do something." 4. In most cases, out of THREE people sitting in the room, NOBODY did anything. Yeah. They just SAT THERE and did NOTHING. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'll tell you about another experience that I heard about: My aunt was standing in a chinese take-out place one day, when a guy walked up to her, put a knife to her face, and pinned her onto the ground. He then took her gold necklace, took her purse, and left. There were people all around her. They saw the whole thing. They just stood there, and watched. They did nothing to help. Now, logically, you'd think that SOMEONE would help. But logic isn't always truth. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So, you see, empiricism has affected psychology in the same ways that it has affected every science: Because of empiricism, psychologists rely on sensory experience, observation, and experimentation, in order to find the truth. They DON'T believe that something works a certain way, just because they THINK it does. They DON'T rely solely on rationalism.

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    yes what you need to know? i am psychologist and here to help you

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