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19 Cards in this Set

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cross-sectional method
a method of research that looks at different age groups at the same time in order to understand changes that occur during the lifespan
field study
research that takes place outside the lab
experimental group
the group on which the critical part of the experiment is performed
control group
the group that does not participate in the critical part of the experiment
a method of research that involves asking subjects questions about their feelings, opinions, or behavior patterns
a group that respresents a larger group
representative sample
a group that truely reflects a selected characteristic of a larger pop.
naturalistic observation
a research method that involves studying subjects without their being aware that they're being watched
a research method that involves studying people face to face and asking questions
case study method
research that collects lengthy, detailed information about a person's background, usually for psychological treatment
psychological tests
objective methods for observation and measurement of subjects in various areas, such as intelligence
longitudinal method
a method of research that studies the same group of people over an extended period of time
independent variable
the factor the experimenter manipulates or changes in a study
dependent variable
the factor that the experimenter changes or varies as a result of changes in the indep variable
factors that change in an experiment
people or animals on whom a study is conducted
a statement of the result that the experimenter expects
double-blind study
neither participants nor researchers know to which group any subject belongs
a medicine that has no active ingredients and works by the power of suggestion