List of psychological research methods
A wide range of
research methodsare used in psychology.
Most methods gather either
qualitativedata, quantitativedata or both. Here are the main research methods:
Observation, can be naturalistic, participant or controlled.
Interview, can be structured or unstructured.
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.
* Stangor, Charles. (2007). "Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences". 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
* [http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Research_methods Research methods at The Psychology Wiki]
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