Psychology G544: Strengths and Weaknesses of methods

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1. What are the weaknesses of an observations?

  • potential for demand characteristics and unethical
  • potential for misinterpretation and bias and could cause distress
  • unscientific and quantitative data
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2. What are the strengths of an observation?

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

3. What are the weaknesses of a field experiment?

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

4. What are the strengths of case studies?

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

5. What are the weaknesses of a lab experiment?

  • quantitative data and low ecological validity
  • ps unaware and subjective
  • snapchat and ps unaware


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