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Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology

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There are two main branches ofpsychology. Individuals can either conduct research or apply it. The former, consists of sub-branches that explore a specific portion of behavior or cognition. For example, bio-psychologists study the relationship between biology and behavior (i.e. how enzymes help modulate movement), cognitive psychologists explore how information is processed (i.e. how a cognitive bias can influence decision-making). The latter is in charge of applying said information. For example, a cognitive psychologist might work on creating tests that cannot produce cognitive biases in an individual or a clinical psychologist can provide a type of therapy that has empirical support. Nevertheless, it seems that there is a disconnection between psychologists who conduct research and those who apply it. The purpose of this essay is to focus on this separation from a clin