Flashcards in 8.1 Experimental Design Deck (38)
The independent variable has a minimum of two levels, an ____ group and a ____ group.
The simplest possible ____ ____ has two variables: the independent variable and the dependent variable.
The experimental method involves control of ____ ____, through either keeping such variables constant or using randomisation to make sure that any extraneous variable will affect both groups equally.
A researcher using a ____-____ design must obtain two equivalent groups of participants, introduce the independent variable, and measure the effect of the independent variable on the dependent variable.
In a posttest-only design the procedures used must achieve equivalent groups to eliminate any potential ____ ____: the people selected to be in the conditions cannot differ in any systematic way.
In the posttest-only design the researcher must choose ___ ___ of the independent variable, such as an experimental group that receives treatment and a control group that does not.
In the posttest-only design, the effect of the independent variable is ____. The same measurement procedure is used for both groups, so that the comparison of the two groups is possible.
In a ____ -____ design a pretest is given before experimental manipulation is introduced.
The pretest-posttest design makes it possible to ascertain that the groups were, in fact, ____ at the beginning of the experiment.
With a sufficiently large sample of participants, ____ ____ will produce groups that are virtually identical in all respects.
A pre-test enables the researcher to assess whether the groups are in fact ____ to begin with.
Sometimes, a pretest is ____ to select the participants in the experiment.
A pre-test is also necessary whenever there is a possibility that participants will drop out of the experiment; this is most likely to occur in a study that lasts over a long period of time. The dropout factor in experiments is called ____ or ____.
attrition or mortality
Use of a pre-test enables you to asses the effects of ____; you can look at the pre-test scores of the dropouts and know whether their scores differ from the scores of the individuals completing the study.
One disadvantage of a pre-test, however, is that it may be ____-____ and awkward to administer in the context of the particular experimental procedures being used.
Perhaps most important, the pretest can ____ participants to what you're studying, enabling them to figure out your hypothesis.
An ____ ____ design is where participants are randomly assigned to the various conditions so that each participates in only one group. A.k.a. between-subjects design.
In an experiment with two conditions, for example, each participant is assigned to both levels of the independent variable, called a ____ ____ design. Each participant is measured after receiving each level of independent variable. A.k.a. within-subjects design.
In an independent groups design, different participants are assigned to each of the conditions using ____ ____.
In a repeated measures design, the same individuals will participate in ____ conditions.
The repeated measures design has several advantages. An obvious one is that ____ research participants are needed, because each individual will participate in all conditions.
An additional advantage of repeated measures designs is that they are extremely sensitive to finding ____ ____ ____ between groups. This is because we have data from the same people in both conditions.
statistically significant differences
The major problem with the repeated measures design stems from the fact that the different conditions must be presented in a particular ____.
The order of presenting the treatments can affect the dependent variable, this is called an ____ ____.
Performance on a second task might improve merely because of the practice gained on the first task. This improvement is called a ____ ____, learning effect.
A deterioration in performance from the first to the second condition as the research participant becomes tired, bored, or distracted, is called a ____ ____.
It is also possible for the effect of the first treatment to carry over to influence the response to the second treatment, this is known as a ____ ____.
There are two approaches to dealing with order effects. The first is to employ ____ techniques. The second is to devise a procedure with sufficient ____ between conditions.
With complete ____, all possible orders of presentation of the measures are included in the experiment.