Overview of the Biological Approach in psychology, including differentiation from other approaches and evaluation.
In this Biological Approach Guide:
- Introduction to the Biological Approach
- How it differs to other approaches
- Key assumptions of the approach
- Evaluation of the Biological Approach
The biological approach in psychology is highly respected among psychologists but its reductionist, over-simplistic approach to human nature means that it does not fully explain many disorders or aspects of behavior. It is important to be wary of support for biological explanations of disorders, as the scientific basis of the approach (as opposed to psychodynamic or behavioral explanations) mean that supporters may qualify for more funding than researchers testing behavioral explanations, which are far harder to prove or disprove than biological explanations.