Types of experiments in psychology

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  • Created on: 26-09-18 10:23

Laboratory experiments

  • Controlled environment
  • Standardised procedures
  • Easy to replicate
  • High degree of control over variables
  • High demand characteristics
  • Low ecological validity
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Field experiments

  • Real-life environment/situation
  • High ecological validity
  • Low demand characteristics
  • Low degree of control over variables
  • Difficult to replicate
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Natural experiments

  • Take advantage of natural events
  • High ecological validity
  • Provides opportunities for research that may not otherwise have happened
  • Random allocation to conditions is not possible
  • Difficult to replicate
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Quasi experiments

  • IV doesn't 'vary' at all because the conditions already exist
  • High ecological validity
  • Provides opportunities for research that may not otherwise have happened
  • Random allocation to conditions is not possible
  • Difficult to replicate
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