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Bryan K. Saville

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 10: Single-Subject Designs

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Single-Subject Designs
Single-subject designs

Since the emergence of psychology as an independent discipline in the late 1800s, research methods have played an ever-important role in the evolution of psychology. Early on, the adoption of research methods from the more established field of physiology helped distinguish psychology as its own separate discipline, distinct from philosophy and ultimately interested in gaining a reputation as a field that took its science seriously (Goodwin, 2005). In fact, if one were to travel back in time to the days of the earliest psychologists, one would notice that the field of psychology was a purely research-oriented discipline, a discipline whose primary goal was to elucidate the workings of the human mind.

Much has changed since those early days of psychology. Although many psychological ...

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