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Psychology Notes Observations

Strengths and Weaknesses of Observational Method

Observations give a different take on behaviour e.g. what people say they do is different to
what they actually do
A way of conducting preliminary investigations to produce hypotheses for future research
Allows spontaneous/unexpected behaviour to be captured
Observers see what…

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Some categories may not cover all possibilities or behaviours are recorded incorrectly
(in wrong categories)
Unstructured Observation ­ Where the observer records all relevant behaviours without a
All possibilities of behaviours are covered as there is no restrictions
The observations may be biased as the observer will record the…


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