Experiment Types

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Lab Experiment:

An experiment conducted in a lab or other contrived setting away from participants' normal environments. The experimenter is able to manipulate the IV and measure the DV and control extraneous variables.

  • Establishes cause and effect relationships
  • Allows for replication
  • Good control of extraneous variables
  • Artificial
  • Participants know they are being observed
  • Low in external validity
  • Ethical concerns

Field Experiment:

A study in which the experimental…


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