Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation


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Trent wants to test the impact of a scent on a person's mood. Trent realizes that he will need to expose subjects to the scent and observe their reaction. Which type of psychological tool should Trent use?

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1. Mary gives her subjects a survey to complete. Which type of psychological tool is Mary using?

2. Which of the following is NOT a part of a psychological research experiment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the ways research in psychology can be conducted. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what naturalistic observation includes as well as the characteristics of psychological assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Definition of naturalistic observation
  • When experimentation is used
  • How observational bias occurs
  • What psychological tools can observe and measure

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about how psychological research can be conducted
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related observation, measurement, and experimentation in psychological research lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main terms and phrases, such as observational bias and experimentation

Additional Learning

To learn more about how psychologists conduct research, review the corresponding lesson on Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement and Experimentation. This lesson will help you:

  • Know the importance of observation in research and the two types
  • Understand why observer bias should be minimized
  • Describe the areas that can be included within psychological measurements
  • Identify examples of psychological experimentation