Research Design

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In this section you will define descriptive and correlational research designs, and compare and contrast them with the experimental research designs we have learnt about previously.

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Review what you have learned in previous sections about experiments and experimental research.

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Throughout this course we will be referring you to readings from the e-textbook "Introduction to Psychology, First Edition" by Charles Stangor, published in 2006 by Flat World Knowledge. You can purchase this book in print on online format from Flat World Publishers.

Psychologists also use a variety of other research designs to learn about thinking and behaviour. The Stangor book tells you about two other important designs: correlational research and descriptive research. Read about them in section 2.2 of the Stangor e-textbook.

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An especially important distinction is that between correlation and causation. At the end of the MIT lecture in the box for Further Study, you can access a short video about the difference. Watch it now.