Psychology 3780F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Multiple Dispatch, Construct Validity, Internal Validity
Lab studies: high internal validity, low external validity: can control for many things, but can"t necessarily generalize. Field studies: low internal validity, high external validity: can"t control for much of anything, but you know it can apply to real world. Control: high level vs. very small level. ** best to aim for multi-method approach, which provides construct validity. Testing broadly and creatively about social behaviors in actual social contexts. Testing out ideas uncovered in lab out in field (and vice versa) Developing new and creative dependent variables and ways to measure behavior. Having opportunity to examine how people respond to or cope w/ real social or natural event. Using psychological theory to explain or improve some practical issues in social world. No conditions representing distinct levels of an iv. No sensitive dv"s that allow researchers to directly link cause w/ effect. No control groups or use of limited comparison groups.