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AP Psych Research Tm

TermDefinition
Experiments A carefully controlled scientific procedure that involves the manipulation of variables to determine cause and effort.
Correlational Studies Research that measures that direction and strength of a relationship between two or more variables in order to determine how well one variable predicts another
Naturalistic Observation The process of observing and recording a research participant's behavior and mental process in his or her natural setting without interfering.
Survey A research technique that questions a large sample of people to assess their behaviors and mental processes.
Case Studies An in-depth study of a single research participant or a small group of individuals
Archival Research A descriptive research approach that studies existing data to find answers to research questions.
Independent Variable The variable that is manipulated to determine its casual effects on the dependent variable
Dependent Variable The variable that is observed and measured for change; the factor that is affected by (or on dependent on) the independent variable
Control Variables One element that is not changed throughout an experiment
Confounding Variables An extraneous factor or variable that, if not controlled, could contaminate the results of an experiment.
Placebo Effect A change that occurs when participant's expectations or beliefs, rather than the actual drug or treatment, cause a particular experimental outcome
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