MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

3726 views

What is the reductionism vs holism debate in psychology?

The debate raises questions regarding the extent to which a theory explains a behaviour. 
A reductionist theory in order to explain a complex phenomena reduces its constituent parts. i.e behaviour is greatly simplified. This is unrepresentative of the true nature of human behaviour. 
A holistic theory takes into account all the constituent parts/factors that may contribute to behaviour and accepts that they all play a role in the specific outcomes. Such theories are more realistic and representative of human behaviour but do not establish any causation.

Amirah M. GCSE Biology tutor, A Level Psychology tutor, GCSE Physical...

2 years ago

Answered by Amirah, an A Level Psychology tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

32 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£22 /hr

Holly K.

Degree: English literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Extended Project Qualification+ 5 more

Psychology
Extended Project Qualification
English Literature
English Language
.ELAT
-Personal Statements-

“About me: I am an English Literature student at Durham University, having sat English at GCSE and A-Level, as well as doing an Extended Project Qualification on literature. I am a firm believer that the beauty of English lies in the f...”

£20 /hr

Nina S.

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - York University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Maths+ 1 more

Psychology
Maths
French

“Psychology student at the University of York with a passion for biological mechanisms and their effect on behaviour”

MyTutor guarantee

PremiumMaddy M. GCSE Psychology tutor, A Level Psychology tutor, GCSE Sociol...
£30 /hr

Maddy M.

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Sociology+ 3 more

Psychology
Sociology
Maths
English
-Personal Statements-

“Hi, I'm Maddy! I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Exeter and having been tutoring since February 2016.”

About the author

£20 /hr

Amirah M.

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered:Psychology, Physical Education+ 1 more

Psychology
Physical Education
Biology

“Top tutor from the renowned Russell university group, ready to help you improve your grades.”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level Psychology questions

What is reliability and validity in psychology?

What is the difference between the null hypothesis and the research hypothesis?

What is the behavioural approach to psychopathology?

What is the difference between an independent variable (IV) and a dependent variable (DV)?

View A Level Psychology tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok