Research Methods

Research Methods - ResearchMethods NaturalisticObservations

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Research Methods Naturalistic Observations These are research studies that are conducted in the environment in which  the behavior typically occurs.  o For example, collecting naturalistic observations around a dinner table. Since the recorder does not control events in a naturalistic study, it is not  possible to pinpoint the causes of behavior.  o These studies are used to get at the goals of description and prediction. Case Studies An in-depth observation of one participant. Case studies researchers do not control any variables but merely record or  relate their observations.  These studies are valuable because they provide us with in-depth information  on these rare conditions.  Case studies lack generalizability.  Correlational Studies The relationship between two or more variables.  o Television watching and violent behavior. Researchers conduct surveys to help them establish correlations with their 
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2010 for the course PSY 1012 taught by Professor Model during the Spring '09 term at Valencia.

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