Research Methods

A list of research methods and what they involve.


1) What is a laboratory experiment?

2) What is a field experiment?

3) What is a natural experiment? 

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1) A lab experiment is conducted in a special environment where variables are controlled. Participants are aware that they are taking part but might not know the true aim.

2) A field experiment is conducted in a more natural environment. The independent variable is still deliberately manipulated by the researcher. Participants do not know they are being studied on. 

3) A natural experiment is where the researcher cannot control the independent variable. There is no manipulation involved by the researcher. 

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