psychological science
draws conclusions about mental processes and behavior through the scientific method
scientific method
a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge through systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses
qualitative psychological research
naturalistc research that observes how people view, understand, and construct meaning of their world and experiences through the use of open-ended interviews, narratives and content analysis
Quantitative psychological research
involves the use of psychometric and statistical methods to arrive at statistical estimation or statistical inference;allows psychologists to infer causal and correlational relationships between psychosocial variables
Basic psychological research
concerned with understanding the laws and processes that underlie behavior, cognition, and emotion and provides a foundation for applied psychology
In its early years, psychology focused on the study of ________, but from the 1920s into the 1960s, American psychologists emphasized the study of ________.
mental life; observable behavior
partial agonist
A drug that occupies and slightly stimulates a receptor site
The discomfort and distress that follow the discontinued use of certain drugs
A segment of DNA capable of synthesizing a specific protein