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Psychological research methods

A very wide range of research methods are used in psychology.

Some of the approaches include:

  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Correlational research
  • Observational study , in which researchers study a population while attempting to change as little as possible.
  • Experimental study , in which researchers change a variable in the group being studied.
  • Psychometrics
  • Prospective study , in which a study samples subjects as the experiment progresses. Cf. Retrospective study.
  • Retrospective study , in which data is collected on subjects' histories at one time. Cf. Prospective study.
  • Longitudinal study, in which subjects are studied over a course of time. Cf. Cross-sectional study.
  • Cross-sectional study, in which a snapshot of the population is assumed to represent individuals as they progress through life. See also Longitudinal study.
  • Meta analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Computer simulation
  • Concepts and Terms
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