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Unformatted text preview: Limitations of sociology: o Society is incredibly complex, limiting our predictive capability o Human beings change their behavior when being studied o Social patterns change consistently o Sociologists are part of the world they study making objectivity more difficult Research Method: strategy for systematically conducting research. Experiment: allows the investigation of cause and effect under highly controlled circumstances Classical experiment design features: o Experimental Group: research for whom the independent variable changes o Control Group: research subjects for whom the independent variable does not change (placebo) o Random Assignment: all subjects have an equal chance of being assigned to any group...
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