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Observational Research

Week 4
9/30 & 10/2
Ch. 4

Observational Research
\u2022Human behavior is very complex
\u2013There is a lot to observe!
\u2022Observational Research is more than just
\u201cpeople watching\u201d

\u2013We observe casually
\u2013Unaware of factors that bias our observations
\u2013Do not record our observations

\u2022Scientific observations are made under defined
conditions, are systematic and objective, and
involves careful record keeping

Observational Research
\u2022Many times observational research occurs in
naturalistics ettings
\u2013But can also occur in laboratories
\u2022Scientists aim to describe behaviorfu lly and
accurately

\u2013Cannot observeall behavior
\u2013Observesamples of behavior
\u2013Is this behavior usual? Does behavior change in

different contexts?
\u2022Observations must occur across different times and settings
to provide and accurate description of \u201cusual\u201d behavior

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