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Psy250: Scientific Inquiry Chapter 6 Observational Methods
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Remember… Nonexperimental research:
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Case Studies Case study: provides a description of an individual Usually this “individual” is a person, but it could also be a setting Can overlap a lot with naturalistic observation But case studies do not always require observing someone in natural environment -Could just be description of patient by clinical psychologists or a historical account . Focus on “unusual” individuals or settings
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Case Studies Case studies focus on individuals with rare, unusual, noteworthy condition Might present: individual’s history, symptoms, behaviors, responses to treatments, etc. Can provide unique data about psychological phenomena Can also lead to the development of hypotheses that can be tested using other methods
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Case Studies Psychobiography: researcher applies a psychological theory to explain the life of an individual ( typically a famous historical figure) Drawbacks: lack experimental control, researcher bias, generalizability/external validity?
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Case Study Examples
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2011 for the course PSY 250 taught by Professor Briannalharris during the Summer '10 term at State University of New York.

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Chapter 6 Part 2 - Skeleton - Psy250: Scientific Inquiry...

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