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The goal of participant observation is to gain a

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different insight to the experiment. The goal of participant observation is to gain a close and intimate relationship with the group that the researcher is studying so that they can gain a very detailed insight to their experiment. This type of observational psychology needs to be done over a very long period of time, which allows the researcher to become close with the group. Observational psychology is a very important research method. Without it, we would not know very much about behavior. Observational psychology is not just used in a research setting. It is also used in everyday life via observational learning. Observational learning is when a subject learns an activity by watching someone do it before them. For example, new parents are much more uncomfortable with a child than someone who has been a parent for many years. This is very natural because new parents do not know very much about taking care of a baby. However, parents who have taken care of a baby before know how to handle almost anything that is thrown at them. For example, parents have to learn how to change a child’s diaper. Most new parents learn through observing. They usually go to a class that teaches them how to care for a new baby. In this class they watch the teacher change a diaper, wrap the baby in a blanket, and so on. This type of learning is called observational learning. People learn through observing. Observational Psychology can be used in many different settings. It is a very important research method, and without it many diseases would not be able to be diagnosed. It can be used in a natural setting, a laboratory setting, or almost any other setting. It is a very important area of psychology, and without it we would not know as much about behavior as we do today. Works Cited Cross, David. "Observational Methods." Davidcross.us . N.p., 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 8 Nov. 2012. <http://www.davidcross.us/classes/child/ObservationalMethods.pdf>. "Introduction to Psychology/Research Methods in Psychology." - Wikibooks, Open Books for an Open World . N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Psychology/Research_Methods_in_Psychology>. "Observation." Observation . N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2012. <http://www.holah.karoo.net/observation.htm>. "What Is Naturalistic Observation?" About.com Psychology . N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2012. <http://psychology.about.com/od/nindex/g/naturalistic.htm>.
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