Don’t overgeneralize. Consider again the statement that one cannot learn about human beings by conducting research on animals. Is the truth of the matter an all-or-nothing issue?
Can we obtain certain kinds of information about people from research with animals?
What kinds of things are you likely to be able to learn only through research with people?
People’s adjustment to the challenges of life can involve complex interactions of genetic influences, situational factors, and personal choice. Consider the question, “Does psychotherapy help people with adjustment problems?” A broad answer to this question—a simple yes or no—might be oversimplifying. It may be more worthwhile to ask, “What type of psychotherapy, practiced by whom, is most helpful for what kind of client and what kind of problem?”