Confounds in Psychology: Definition & Concept


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The independent variable in an experiment is:

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1. Factors that are not the independent variable, but still cause an outcome in an experiment are called:

2. Which of the following procedures does NOT help to reduce confounds in research?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of confounds in psychology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the essential characteristics of the independent variable and of confounding variables in experiments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • The essential characteristics of the independent variable in an experiment
  • Factors that change the outcome of the experiment
  • Procedures that reduce confounds in research
  • Single and double-blind studies

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 placebo and experimental group
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related confounds lesson about how to reduce confounds
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding confounds and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about blind studies

Additional Learning

To learn more about what can affect research results and ways to best eliminate them, review the corresponding lesson on Confounds in Psychology: Definition & Concept. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the exact meaning of experimental group
  • Explain why it's important to prevent confounds
  • Know the difference between the experimental and the control group
  • Learn the types of procedures helping to reduce confounds in research
  • Understand the characteristics of the placebo effect
  • Understand the particulars of double-blind studies