Research Methods: Laboratory Experiments

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Laboratory Experiments as a Research Method
  • Artificial, controlled environment
  • The IV is manipulated, the DV is measured
  • All other variables are controlled
  • Cause and effect conclusions can be drawn


  • Controls mean its replicable
  • Scientific and objective
  • No extraneous or confounding variables have any effect


  • Unnatural setting and task means that it lacks ecological validity
  • Often gathers quantitative data


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