Ch 2-Research Methods (cont.)

Ch 2-Research Methods (cont.) - Chapter 2 (cont.) 9/4/07...

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Chapter 2 (cont.) 9/4/07 The spectrum of correlations o The distance from zero determines the strength of the relationship o The sign denotes only the direction of the relationship Experimental research o Type of research during which specific variables of interest are manipulated in order to determine casual relationships o Key elements of an experiment: variables Independent variable A condition or event that is manipulated Dependent variable A variable which is measured or observed because it is thought to be influenced by the independent variable Operational definition Explicitly defined set of parameters that will be used to identify a given variable o Key elements of an experiment: conditions Control condition The factor being studied is omitted while all other conditions of the experiment are maintained Experimental condition The condition in which the variable of interest is applied o Key elements of an experiment: procedural issues
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Ch 2-Research Methods (cont.) - Chapter 2 (cont.) 9/4/07...

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