What is an adequate psychological explanation?
***An adequate psychological explanation is one that provides
enough information for psychologists to predict and then manage
Dr. William L. Palya from the Jacksonville State University
in Jacksonville, Alabama provides, in his on-line lecture notes,
a very lengthy discussion of different characteristics and types
of explanations. He stresses that adequate explanations must be
explicit, unambiguous, and testable.
Dr. H. D. Hamm from the Psychology Department at Northern
Michigan University gives a brief statement about understanding, predicting, and changing behavior.
Burrton Woodruff from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana
makes a brief point about prediction and effective intervention.
Shawn Bayern, a student at Yale University, created and maintains
a site which was taken from the transparencies of Professor Kurt
Frey's Psychology 110b class. Under the four main goals of psychological
science, he lists explanation as causal analysis.
John Perry and David Israel from Stanford University give
a lengthy discussion of psychological explanations by looking
at rational laws and adequate explanations
in relation to a Fodorian model of cognition.
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