PSYC 201W Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Observer-Expectancy Effect, Participant Observation, Informed Consent

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Chapter 6/7: case studies, observational & survey research. In depth analysis of individual/social unit/event (ie individual will be interviewed and go through series of testing o. Serve as basis for uncovering relationships (maybe didn"t know existed: also basis for theory development o o. Phineus gage case study, his accident damaged his brain and emotions. Issues with case studies: difficulty drawing causal conclusions (lack control, generalizability of findings (low external validity) Type of non experimental research design where trained observers record behaviour of multiple experimental units (ie many kids) o. Provides description of behaviour: data analyzed is qualitative/quantitative/or mixed method approaches. Lets researcher examine relationship among variables that may not be amenable to experimental manipulation: data analyzed with qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods approaches. Describe behaviour as would normally occur in nature (ie: hartup 1974) o. Problem with natural reactivity (behave different cuz they know.

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