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When is a lab experiment useful?

When looking at differences, comparisons o cause and effect. Must be possible to manipulate IV and change DV. Behaviour must be unaffected by environment.

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When is a field experiment useful?

Looking at differences, comparisons or cause and effect. Must be possible to chnange the levels of the IV and record the DV. Behaviour affected by the environment.

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When is a natural experiment useful?

When looking for differences or comparisons that cannot be controlled.

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When is an observation useful?

Recording behaviours that require an artificial setting. Must be observable.

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When is a correlation useful?

When looking for a relationship. When it is unethical/impractical to manipulate varibales.

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When is a questionnaire useful?

Aiming to collect opinions/attitudes, same questions for every participants. Used when face to face might reduce honesty.

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When is an interview useful?

When detailed data is required which may require explanation or answers may vary

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When is a case study useful?

When varied, detailed data is required, expeically if the case is rare or particularly interesting

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When is a content analysis useful?

When overt and hidden meanings in communcation /messages are needed, compare historical and currents trends