ODD (Observation- And Description-Deprived) Psychological Research

Behav Brain Sci. 2010 Jun;33(2-3):106-7. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X10000221. Epub 2010 Jun 15.


Most psychological research consists of experiments that put people in artificial situations that elicit unnatural behavior whose ecological validity is unknown. Without knowing the psychocultural meaning of experimental situations, we cannot interpret the responses of WEIRD people, let alone people in other cultures. Psychology, like other sciences, needs to be solidly rooted in naturalistic observation and description of people around the world. Theory should be inductively developed and tested against real-world behavior.

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Sciences / methods*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Humans
  • Observation
  • Psychological Theory
  • Research*