Psychology G544: Strengths and Weaknesses of methods

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1. What are the weaknesses of an observations?

  • potential for misinterpretation and bias and could cause distress
  • unscientific and quantitative data
  • potential for demand characteristics and unethical
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2. What are the weaknesses of a self report?

  • low validity and unscientific
  • open to demand characteristics and researcher bias
  • unreliable and low ecological validity

3. What are the strengths of a lab experiment?

  • ethical and scientific
  • high controls and cause and effect
  • high validity and reliable

4. What are the strengths of a self reports?

  • qualitative data and scientific
  • increase academic understanding and reliable
  • reduce demand characteristics and ethical

5. What are the strengths of case studies?

  • high ecological validity and high validity
  • increase academic knowledge and greater insight
  • reliable and scientific

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