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Ch 5: Nonexperimental Research: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Nonexperimental Research chapter of this Research Methods in Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master nonexperimental research. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of nonexperimental research.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering research methods in psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about psychology research methods. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the uses of surveys and scatterplots in nonexperimental research
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about nonexperimental research
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Nonexperimental Research chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Nonexperimental Research chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any nonexperimental research question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a nonexperimental research unit of a standard research methods in psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Descriptive research design
  • Types of survey research
  • Survey response styles
  • Correlation coefficients and scatterplots
  • Methods for computing the correlation coefficient
  • Uses of the correlation coefficient index
  • Limitations of correlational research

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Nonexperimental Research: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Descriptive Research Design: Definition, Examples & Types

1. Descriptive Research Design: Definition, Examples & Types

This lesson explores the different ways that a researcher can understand individuals or groups of people, both in terms of psychological research as well as general research in other fields.

What Is Survey Research? - Definition, Methods & Types

2. What Is Survey Research? - Definition, Methods & Types

This lesson explores the ways a researcher may employ the types of surveys used in research. We will also go over the strengths and weaknesses of each type of survey.

Response Styles of Surveys: Types, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. Response Styles of Surveys: Types, Advantages & Disadvantages

This lesson explores the different ways a researcher can write questions to use in a survey. Each survey type will have strengths and weaknesses to help researchers understand why they should or shouldn't pick that type.

Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples

4. Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples

This lesson explores, with the help of two examples, the basic idea of what a correlation is, the general purpose of using correlational research, and how a researcher might use it in a study.

The Relationship Between Variables: Correlation Coefficient & Scatterplots

5. The Relationship Between Variables: Correlation Coefficient & Scatterplots

The focus of this lesson is on how both correlation coefficients and scatterplots convey the same message. Specifically, this lesson will explore how these two can reveal the same information but in different ways.

Using the Raw Score Method to Compute the Correlation Coefficient

6. Using the Raw Score Method to Compute the Correlation Coefficient

This lesson looks at the mathematical steps involved in computing a correlation coefficient by using raw scores. We will walk through the process with easy to follow numbers.

Interpreting the Correlation Coefficient

7. Interpreting the Correlation Coefficient

This lesson explains the process of interpreting and analyzing a correlation coefficient both as a figure and as a context by discussing common and easy to understand examples.

Limitations of Correlational Research

8. Limitations of Correlational Research

Many researchers use correlations in their studies, but it is not without risk. This lesson explores some of the issues that researchers may experience if they use correlations.

Negative Correlation in Psychology: Examples, Definition & Interpretation

9. Negative Correlation in Psychology: Examples, Definition & Interpretation

Explore the relationship between positive and negative correlations. Learn about the characteristics of a negative correlation, how to determine the strength of a correlation, and more.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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