Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory


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Which of the following statements describes the initial research into a hypothetical or theoretical idea?

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1. Which of the following statements is correct in connection with descriptive research?

2. Brain scans include areas such as CT, PET, and MRI. Brain scan research has gone beyond the most basic phase and is in the process of expanding our understanding of the living brain. Into which realm of research would this place brain scan research?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of psychological research. You will be quizzed on the stages of research and research patterns, among other topics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test yourself on the following with this quiz/worksheet combo:

  • Term for initial research
  • Descriptive research
  • The stage of research demonstrated in a given example
  • Explanatory research
  • The typical pattern of research

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on psychological research
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what each stage of research entails
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about descriptive and explanatory research

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory, looks more closely at this topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determine why humans want to perform research
  • Understand the forms of exploratory research
  • Outline descriptive research and its importance
  • Recall explanatory research and how it explains cause and effect relationships