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Freud’s Theory Matrix
The main function of a scientific theory is to help us to describe and explain how the world works. To form
a scientific theory, scientists start with a set of assumptions, then use logic and deductive reasoning to
come up with hypotheses that they can test. Psychologists use scientific theories to attempt to explain
human thought, emotion, and behavior. According to your textbook, Theories of Personality, there are six
criteria of a useful scientific theory. A useful theory: generates research, is falsifiable, organizes data,
guides action, is internally consistent, and is parsimonious (simple).
Complete the matrix below with the following information:
Define each of the six criteria of a useful scientific theory.
Evaluate how well each criterion applies to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory in approximately 90 words
per criterion. Explain your answers. You may use bullet points, but do not use one-word responses.
Provide the page number from the textbook where you found the information for each response.
Note: Include appropriate APA references and citations if you use ...
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