Cognitive psychology is a somewhat new field of psychology, however, it is a fast growing one and is definitely, among the most interesting and fascinating branches. (Cherry, 2015) It studies human brain in terms of learning and perceiving information, as well, provides researches that are aimed at enhancing peoples abilities to learn.
As of now, human brain and the way it works have not been fully studied, the nature behind some processes remains a mystery. Therefore, it is not surprising that more people tend to fall for the science of psychology in order to discover new knowledge about our brain and its mysteries. (“Brain Science”, 2015) There are numerous ways to perform studies and there is quite a number of research methods people use in their disquisitions.
One of most wide-spread is a scientific method. Psychologists use scientific method to perform experiments for their studies in all branches of psychology, including cognitive. Scientific method is used in studies of most of the disciplines, since it is easy to follow, it gives a step by step procedure of what is to be done, when performing a research on the matter and most importantly it answers one of the basic questions, people ask, the question of “why?”. (Science of Psychology, 2015) Scientific method requires you to state a problem or a question that will be the subject of the study; do a research on it, on the grounds of which one then formulates a hypothesis, next a series of tests and experiments have to be conducted to check your hypothesis, in order to prove it to either be right or wrong; based on the experimental outcomes a scientist then draws his conclusions. (“Research Methods”, 2009) This method works perfectly for cognitive psychologists, allowing them to explore the depth of human brain by conducting the experiments on their issues of interest.
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