A research methods practice test

 This test has research method’s related questions from both unit 1 and unit 2 for as! The mark scheme is not include but the date of the exam is put in brackets and the bottom of each question for you to find when you are ready to mark! This test should take about 30mins – 1hour.Happy revision! 

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The Research Methods Practice Test!
This test has research method's related questions from both unit 1 and unit 2 for as! The mark
scheme is not included but the date of the exam is put in brackets and the bottom of each question
for you to find when you are ready to mark! This test should take about 30mins ­ 1hour. Happy
revision!
1)Dave, a middle-aged male researcher, approached an adult in a busy street. He asked the adult for
directions to the train station. He repeated this with 29 other adults. Each of the 30 adults was then
approached by a second researcher, called Sam, who showed each of them 10 photographs of
different middle-aged men, including a photograph of Dave. Sam asked the 30 adults to choose the
photograph of the person who had asked them for directions to the train station. Sam estimated the
age of each of the 30 adults and recorded whether each one had correctly chosen the photograph of
Dave.
1(a) Identify one aim of this experiment.
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1(b) Suggest one reason why the researchers decided to use a field experiment rather than a
laboratory experiment.
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Name the sampling technique used in this experiment. Evaluate the choice of this sampling technique
in this experiment.
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Identify one possible extraneous variable in this experiment. Explain how this extraneous
variable could have affected the results of this experiment.
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How this extraneous variable could have affected the results of this experiment
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2)A researcher used a questionnaire and an in-depth interview to assess Georgia's personality. After
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What is meant by a case study?
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3(b) Outline one weakness of using a case study as a method of investigation.
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4)Both life changes and daily hassles are often measured using questionnaires.
Give two limitations of using questionnaires.
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Explain what is meant by an independent groups design.
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4(c) Explain one strength and one limitation of using an independent groups design.
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4 (d) Explain why the psychologist did a pilot study.
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5) Explain why it is sometimes necessary to deceive participants in social influence research.
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Explain why this is an example of a natural experiment.
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6 (b) Suggest one way in which the psychologist could have measured the children's
aggressive behaviour.
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6 (c)Explain two ethical issues which the psychologist should have considered when
carrying out this research.
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