Lab Experiments

Strengths and Weaknesses

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  • Lab Experiments
    • Strengths
      • Effects of Variables can be observed by manipulating them
      • Appeals to positivists because on scientific collecting and comparing of data
      • High in reliability as it's standardised
    • Weaknesses
      • Experimenter expectations many distort the perceptions of results obtained
      • Unnatural environment means it's not possible to generalise to real life situations
      • Despite volunteering, participants can still be deceived such as Milgrams obedience experiment
      • Hawthorne effect: Altering behaviour in an intimidating situation
      • Demand Characterisitc: participants can guess aim and try to please/displease the investigator
      • Quantitative methods test people on responses not as indiviuals


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