How to Choose a Research Method & Design


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John is interested in re-examining Dr. Smith's work involving primates' reactions to brightly colored toads. Why would John use an archival research method?

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1. Why is it important that the research procedures be conducted in sequential order?

2. How do surveys differ from a true experiment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Be sure you understand how to conduct a psychological study if you want to pass this quiz. You'll be asked questions about types of procedures, true experiments, participants and other aspects of research.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions about the following:

  • Identifying the type of procedure explained in a given example
  • True experiments
  • The reasons some participants might be removed from a study
  • Components of a study
  • The importance of procedures being in sequential order

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on choosing a research method and design in psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the procedures a researcher can use and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about participants in a study

Additional Learning

For further details on conducting research in the psychology field, review the associated lesson, How to Choose a Research Method & Design. The following topics are covered in this lesson:

  • Research planning and procedures
  • Examples of experiments, surveys and archival studies
  • Appropriate participants and materials