Psychology G544: Strengths and Weaknesses of methods

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1. What are the strengths of a self reports?

  • increase academic understanding and reliable
  • reduce demand characteristics and ethical
  • qualitative data and scientific
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2. What are the strengths of a field experiment?

  • reliable and scientific
  • high ecological validity and less potential for demand characteristics
  • ethical and quantitative data

3. What are the strengths of an observation?

  • scientific and high ecological validity
  • reduce demand characteristics and inter observer and external reliability
  • high validity and ethical

4. What are the weaknesses of a field experiment?

  • lack validity and low ecological validity
  • hard to control and involve covert obs
  • unreliable and subjective

5. What are the weaknesses of a case study?

  • limited samples and longitudinal
  • researcher bias and snapchat
  • unscientific and unethical


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