The Pros And Cons Of Psychological Research

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Introduction Psychological research and its findings have profound impact on people, relationships, and institutions in our society (Willig, 2013). However, as any other study, psychological researchers are faced with enormous limitations including inappropriate designs or methodologies due inadequacy of professionals (Wang, et al., 2015), geographical differences that impacts on generalizations (Smith, 2015), and time pressure that negatively affects the quality of a research (Punch, et al., 2014). Language barrier and lack of literature or poorly done review are other factors that affect psychological research (Willig, 2013). Limitations Limited number of professionals in the psychological research is one of the key limitations to this field of study. Psychological research depends on observations, experimentation, and evidence, hence the need for critical methodological designs (Shipman, 2014). However, due to the limitation of skills, most of the researches done are not well designed. A main limitation of psychology as a field of study is that it never captures the nature of consciousness (Willig, 2013), as human mind is bound up with meanings and interpretations which differ from one individual to another…show more content…
Many times researchers doing reviews end up with a chronological catalog of all of the relevant sources reviewed instead of an evaluation that integrates previous research together explaining how it integrates into the proposed research program (Wang et al., 2015). Poor literature review fails to capture all sides of an argument and tends to be bias, avoiding to critically mention areas of agreement and disagreement (Shipman, 2014). Such a review is merely a collection of quotes and paraphrasing from other sources (Willig, 2013). Sadly enough most researchers undertaking psychological research are not skilled in doing a quality

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