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Research Methods - Observation, correlation, and experiment

Suppose you wanted to investigate the question of whether or not playing violent videogames makes teenagers more aggressive.

1. Describe how you would use the observational, correlational, and experimental methods to examine this question?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each technique?

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1. Suppose you wanted to investigate the question of whether or not playing violent videogames makes teenagers more aggressive. Describe how you would use the observational, correlational, and experimental methods to examine this question?

Observational - Researcher would observe two groups of teenagers, one who play violent videogames and those who do not using use a checklist to record the number of pre-determined aggressive acts. This data could be sued to describe or used in a correlation study.

Correlational - To collect the data, you might use surveys or observational data, and then use a method of correlation to analyze the data to see if there is a relationship between aggression and playing violent videogames. ...

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Suppose you wanted to investigate the question of whether or not playing violent videogames makes teenagers more aggressive. This solution describes how you would use the observational, correlational, and experimental methods to examine this question, as well the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. References are provided.

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