List of psychological research methods

List of psychological research methods

A wide range of research methods are used in psychology.

Most methods gather either qualitative data, quantitative data or both. Here are the main research methods:
* Laboratory experiment
* Field experiment
* Quasi experiment
* Correlational
* Observation, can be naturalistic, participant or controlled.
* Case study
* Interview, can be structured or unstructured.
* Statistical survey
* 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
* Content analysis

References

* Stangor, Charles. (2007). "Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences". 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

External links

* [http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Research_methods Research methods at The Psychology Wiki]


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