Is Psychology a STEM Discipline or is it Too WEIRD?

According to a new article published in the journal Canadian Psychology, the science of psychology has a long history of basing its research on a restricted sample of human beings (to say nothing of other species).  A recent examination of this tendency refers to our database as primarily drawn from people living in WEIRD societies (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic). In consequence, psychology’s position as a universal science is impugned by many critics, jeopardizing its scientific bona fides and costing us the support and respect ascribed to STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Although with the development of new research methods, it appears that the discipline is gaining some ground toward such recognition, doubts about replicability and the burgeoning of “identity psychologies” supposedly relevant only, or especially, to particular demographic groups, may retard psychology’s further progress in that direction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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