psychology

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answer the questions please.

1- Some have argued that psychology is NOT a science. This view is certainly false, as any field that uses the scientific method IS a science. However, psychology has been categorized as a "soft science" as opposed to a "hard science" (such as chemistry or physics). Recent studies examining scientific fields have suggested that there may be no difference between a "hard" and a "soft" science in terms of advances in knowledge, reliability, validity, etc. In this brief written assignment, please provide what you believe to be the best definitions of a "hard" and a "soft" science, then take a position as to whether psychology best fits one or the other (or neither) - and DEFEND your position. (250-500 words)

2- From what you've learned in the chapter on Sensation and Perception, you should now know how easily our perceptions can be fooled. We are susceptible to illusions (for all senses), our brains actively try to interpret ambiguous or partially processed information which often results in our misinterpreting the world, and our brains lie to us in order to make the world seem more stable (e.g., the constancies).


Knowing all this, then, should we believe a person when they claim that they've seen a ghost, or "spoken with dead people" or were abducted by aliens (etc.)? What sort of evidence should be considered "good enough" to believe such extraordinary claims?

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