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    Studying Behavior
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    Variable Any event, situation, behavior, or  individual characteristic that varies - that  is, has at least two values
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    Examples Variable Name Levels (values) Gender Male or Female Test Scores # correct Room Temp. Hot, Warm, Cold Room Temp. Degrees Farenheit
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    Operational Definition A definition of the variable in terms of  the operations or techniques the  researcher uses to measure or  manipulate it
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    In Class Exercise Operationally define Love Happiness
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    Values of a variable Nominal Different groups with no numeric properties Male-female, distraction-no distraction Quantitative Amounts or quantities Numerical
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    Relationships Between  Variables Is gender related to happiness? Do males and females differ in their  happiness? Is distraction while studying related to  exam performance? Do people perform better when they are  not distracted than when distracted?
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    Relationships Between  Quantitative Variables Positive Negative Curvilinear No Relationship
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