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People whose professional life depends on their ability to interact sensitively with individual people need these skills to be very finely tuned. However, the basic skills are the same and the rules for seeking information and drawing valid conclusions from data are the same no matter whether the enquiries are formalized in the psychological laboratory or informal ones in a drawing-room, consulting room or personnel director's office. This section is a discussion of how investigations go wrong: how they fail to live up to their early promise and even produce data which in one way or another are actually misleading.

London: Methuen. G. (1977) The Numbers Game: Statistics for psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ~, 1. Discuss different ways of determining the age of a horse. Consider analogues in psychology. z. Write a short essay on the function of theory in psychological research. 3. What are the principal advantages of experimental enquiries? Are there any disadvantages? 4. ' Discuss in relation to the problems of conducting psychological research. 5. Statistics developed in order to clarify the results of agricultural research.

A mixture of both, proceeding by successive approximations, would seem to be the general course of model development. Testing models against data is better understood and there is a lot of advice about good and not so good ways of doing it. It is clear that very little headway can be made unless the rules of correspondence linking the model to reality have been spelt out. If controlled experiments are possible and permissible they offer the quickest and surest method of establishing the worthiness or otherwise of a particular theory.

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