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What is an observational study?

It's a study in which individuals are observed or certain outcomes are measured. NO attempt is made to affect the outcome, so it's not a "controlled" study


What is the main characteristic of a cross-secitonal study?

It's just one point in time


What is the pro and con of a cross sectional study?

pro - cost effective and easiest to do

con - doesn't capture time


What is required for a study to be longitudinal?

two or more time periods


What is the pro and con of a longitudinal study?

pro - more powerful because it captures change and aims for causality

con - more expensive and complex


What are the 3 types of longitudinal studies?





What does a trend longitudinal study look at?

It measures changes in a whole population over time


What does a cohort longitudinal study look at?

It measures changes and follows a articular population over time, but it samples DIFFERENT students within ONE particular population

(so different people are tested in subsequent trials)


How does a panel study work and how does it differ from a cohort study?

A panel study looks at the SAME people within a particular population every time


What are the benefits to observational studies?

 - incorporate probability smapling for generalizability

- build knowledge base and explore new topics

- may allow us to answer questions that controlled studies cannot due to ethical reasons


WHat are the 3 main issues with observational studies?

validity of measures across cultures can be an issue if using surveys

findings are associations or correlations, no causality

often rely on self report which can be biased


Which have higher validity?

qualitative or quantitative data?

qualitative are more valid

quantitative are more reliable


What does nomothetic causation mean? What are the 3 criterion?

nomothetic causation is broad causation - in general we can assume that one thing causes another with the understanding that it doesn't have to cause it every single time.

1. correlation/association

2. temporal order...A before B

3. NOn-spuriousness


In addition to the correlation, temporal order and non-spuriousness criteria for nomothetic causation, what are two other criteria that are sometimes applied?

plausible and reproducible


What are the three main parts to the classical experiment?

1. IV and DV

2. Pretesting and post-testing

3. Control and Experimental groups


What is the Hawthorne effect?

Just being observed affects behavior


What are the 4 stages of the clinical trial?

phase 1 - safety and side effects in healthy individuals

phase 2 - ideal dosing

phase 3 - experimental treatment vs. controls

phase 4 - continued evaluation of FDA approved therapy


What are the three potential pre-experiemental designs that are sometimes necessary but preferrably not used?

one shot case study - apply stimulus and measure DV afterwards

one-group pretest-posttest - measure DV, apply stimulus, measure DV

static group compartison - two groups, only one gets the stimulus, no pre-test


Controlled studies have excellent ___ validity but issues with ____ validity.

excellent internal validity - good at controlling just about everything

often has issues with external invalidity - can it be generalizable to the real world after they lose control?


What are some potential sources of internal invalidity?

history - current events

maturation - improve with aging

testing - learn to test better just through repetition

instrumentation changes

statistical regression

selection bias

experimental mortality

diffusion of treatment - contamination of control group

compensation incentive bias

compensatory rivalry (control group tries to make up for it)

demoraliation (control group discouraged)