Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences


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Applied research:

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1. Basic research:

2. Which of the following is an example of applied psychological research?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of what basic and applied research are and how they compare against each other. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the different focuses of the two research types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • What applied research does
  • What basic research does
  • An example of applied psychological research
  • An example of basic research
  • The method by which both types of research work together

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as basic research and applied research
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on basic research versus applied research
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what basic research contributes to human knowledge and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of applied research

Additional Learning

To learn more about types of research, review the corresponding lesson on Basic Research versus Applied Research. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define applied research
  • Explore an example of applied research
  • Define basic research
  • Explore two examples of basic research
  • Understand the relationship between basic and applied research