Limitations of Correlational Research


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If two variables are correlated, then we can say that the variables have _____.

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1. Gregg performs a research experiment and finds a perfect correlation between his variables. Based on his findings, which of the following would be the BEST next step for Gregg?

2. Yolanda conducts a study and finds a positive correlation between alcohol consumption and irritability. She concludes that alcohol consumption causes irritability. Which of the following statement best explains why Yolanda is incorrect in her conclusion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer the multiple-choice questions on this quiz/worksheet combo to test your knowledge of correlational research. You'll need a firm understanding of correlation and variables if you want to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer quiz questions on the following:

  • Correlated variables
  • Why a perfect correlation is extremely rare
  • What correlation is not equal to
  • Analyzing a statement about correlation
  • A third variable

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on limitations of correlational research in psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding correlated variables and third variables and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about analyzing correlation

Additional Learning

The associated lesson, Limitations of Correlational Research, takes a closer look at this psychology topic. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define 'correlation' and 'perfect correlation'
  • Review causation and directionality
  • Understand how unknown variables may impact your data