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Psy304 week 2

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What is the law of parsimony? The fewer assumptions (unverified events) required by an explanation, the better. The simplest explanation that fits the data is best.
What does it mean if a theory is heuristic? It generates new research
What does "natural science" assume? All natural phenomena are caused. Causes precede their effects. The causes of natural events include only natural phenomena.
What are the characteristics of a scientific theory? (revise for full definition) 1. synthesises observations 2. heuristic 3. must generate hypotheses that can be empirically verified. If not, theory is weakened/must be revised. 4. a tool & cannot be right/wrong 5. Chosen with laws of parsimony. 6. Must start/end with empirical
If the rate of a behaviour is increasing, the slope of the cumulative record ________. A flat record indicates that the behaviour is ________. increases, unchanging
What is fluency? A measure of learning that combines errors and rate. The score of correct responses given in a period of time.
What is latency? A delay before the behaviour occurs
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