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Descriptive Research

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Descriptive Research PSYC-31574-003

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Information on the different types of surveys. Notes for Exam 2.
Research Methods In Psychology
Dr. Tanjeem Azad
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Psychology, Exam 2, surveys, Sampling, Probability
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Date Created: 04/04/16
DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH ● Used to describe in an accurate and systematic fashion the behavior, thoughts, or feelings of a group of participants Surveys ● The most common type of descriptive research ● Self-reported questionnaire ● Interview ● “snapshot “ of how people think and behave at a given time ● What surveys assess ○ Attitudes ○ Intentions ○ Behavior ○ Motivation ○ Memory ○ Emotions ○ Personality ○ Skills ○ Demographics ● Cross-sectional survey:a cross-section of the population ○ One or more groups tested at one time point ● Successive independent samples:​ different samples of respondents answer the same questions at different points in time ● Longitudinal: a single sample of respondents is questioned more than once ○ Assesses how responses in the same sample change over time ● Internet:develop an online questionnaire and administer it through website or specialty software ○ Inexpensive ○ Many subjects ○ No data entry ● Drawbacks ○ Biased sample ○ Limited sample


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