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Experimental methods

Laborotary experiments

  • This is an experiment conducted in a artificial setting
  • The IV is manipulated to see the effect on the DV and is measured by the researcher
  • Example is Harlow and Harlow the study on monkeys reacting to comfort or food 
  • Strengths: High degree of control leasing to a control of extraneous variables so you can establish the cause and effect relationship, the experiment is also easily replicable and easy to compare
  • Weaknesses: Can have experimenter bias, a lack of ecological validity and also there could be demand characteristics where the participant will…

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