Flashcards in Evaluating the biological approach Deck (8):
What are the weaknesses?
Nature rather than nurture
Individual differences (nomothetic)
How is the approach reductionistic?
Reduce complex behaviours down to simple explanations such as schizophrenia being caused by high dopamine
They lose sight of the conditon as a whole
How is the approach only focusing on nature?
Behaviour can have many causes but this only focuses on the biological ones and ignores psychological and enviromental factors
Ignores how the patients think and feel about their condition
How is the approach nomothetic?
It makes generalisations about behaviour and ignores the differences between people such as the fact that men have the fight or flight response but women tend and befriend
What are the strengths of the approach?
How is the approach scientific?
Bioligical explanations have clear variables that can be masured objectively where research is in controlled studies
Why is the deterministic nature of the approach a strength?
If we know what determines behaviour, we are more able to treat it
Eg: stress or schizophrenia