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Experimental, Descriptive & Correlational Design Differences

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How is experimental design different from descriptive and correlational design?

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This solution answers a question regarding psychology research studies. It describes the major differences between experimental, descriptive, and correlational research design models. The three different types of design models are defined before explanations of design models are given. The explanation is given in 360 words.

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Question: How is experimental design different from descriptive and correlational design?


Experimental design, the most rigorous of the various research designs, involves the researcher changing some aspect (variable) and observing the results of the change. It is this actual interfering with the regular way things operate that differentiates experimental design from both descriptive and correlational design. An experimental design requires much more than just observing or measuring some event. At its most basic, the experimental design differs from the other two because of ...

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