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Many questions are asked of Psychology, which¬†develop into theories once thought through and considered. These theories and the hypotheses that arise from them can be debated over many times, depending on which approach or application of Psychology that you view them from. Yet once an approach has been contemplated, only research will give a conclusion to the debate. Empirical evidence can show for and against an idea, and sometimes it leads us into a new direction with our research, showing us an area we had not considered previously. Developing an understanding of Psychology and how the mind works depends upon us being able to prove that what we say is true and so research is incredibly important. This research gives Psychology a scientific value, almost creating falsification by giving evidence for new theories as it allows us to question them, as we can easily make mistakes with our ideas, sometimes classing multiple attributes into one idea. This can be seen in¬†situations such as Ainsworth’s work on attachment theory, wherein she classed children into one of three groups, (Securely attached, ambivalent attachment, anxious attachment), however a follow up study by Main and Solomon in 1990 found a fourth attachment type, disorganised attachment, in which the child both went to the mother and walked away from her. This idea of constantly checking what we think we know, constantly trying to catch ourselves out and often finding that we have missed something, or that there is an exception to our rule, makes research an incredibly important part of Psychology

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