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Experiment

at least one variable was manipulated and at least one variable was measured by the researcher.

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Manipulated variable

researcher assigns participants to a particular level of the variable; example: notetaking method (levels: computer, longhand)

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Measured variable

research records what happens in terms of behavior of attitudes based on self-report, behavioral observations, or physiological measures; example: number of anagrams solved correctly.

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Independent variable (IV):

manipulated

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Dependent variable (DV):

measured, outcome variable

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Conditions

levels of an independent variable
Up to the researcher to choose

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Control variable

any variable that an experimenter holds constant

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Confound

Confuse
alternative explanations, and they can threaten internal validity

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Design Confound

a second variable varying along with the IV and provides an alternate explanation
Ie: If the laptop group had to answer more difficult essay questions this would be a design confound.

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Systematic variability

If large bowls had better pasta than those in the medium bowl group, then that’s systematic

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Unsystematic variability

is random or haphazard and affects both groups. It is not a confound. However, it can make it difficult to detect differences in your DV.

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selection effect

occurs in an experiment when the participants in one level of the IV are systematically different than the participants in the other level or levels of the IV.

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matched groups

Matching involves matching groups on some variable (e.g., IQ

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Independent-groups design

different groups of participants placed at different levels of the IV; example: each participant was randomly assigned to either the large or medium serving bowl condition. Two types: posttest-only and pretest/posttest

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Within-groups design

each participant is presented with all levels of the IV; example: if you conducted a notetaking study and each participant engaged in both longhand and laptop notetaking.

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order effect

occurs when exposure to one level of the IV influences reactions to other levels of the IV

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practice effect

occurs when participants either get better at a task from practice or get worse at a task due to fatigue (called a fatigue effect

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carryover effect

occurs when there is contamination carrying over from one condition to the next. Example: You drink caffeinated coffee and then take a test. Then you drink decaf coffee and take a test. However, the caffeinated coffee is still having an effect on you on the second test.

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Demand characteristics (aka experimental demand

occur when participants pick up on cues that lead them to guess the experiment’s hypothesis.