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One can ask two different kinds of questions with regard to the topics of study in psychology as well as in other sciences. One can ask for the phenomenal characteristics of psychological units or events, for example, how many kinds of feelings can be qualitatively differentiated from one another or which characteristics describe an experience of a voluntary act. Aside from this are the questions asking for the why, for the cause and the effect, for the conditional-genetic interrelations. For example, one can ask: Under which conditions has been a decision made and which are the specific psychological effects which follow this decision? The depiction of phenomenal characteristics is usually characterized as “description”, the depiction of causal relationships as “explanation.” Kurt Lewin 1927

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One

can

ask

two

different

kinds

of

questions

with

regard

to

the

topics

of

study

in

psychology

as

well

as

in

other

sciences



One

can

ask

for

the

phenomenal

characteristics

of

psychological

units

or

events



for

example



how

many

kinds

of

feelings

can

be

qualitatively

differentiated

from

one

another

or

which

characteristics

describe

an

experience

of

a

voluntary

act



Aside

from

this

are

the

questions

asking

for

the

why



for

the

cause

and

the

effect



for

the

conditional

genetic

interrelations



For

example



one

can

ask:

Under

which

conditions

has

been

a

decision

made

and

which

are

the

specific

psychological

effects

which

follow

this

decision



The

depiction

of

phenomenal

characteristics

is

usually

characterized

as

“description”



the

depiction

of

causal

relationships

as

“explanation

” Kurt

Lewin

1927



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