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The number of cigarettes smoked, drugs taken or drinks imbibed would be the dependent variable in a study of stress and use of smoking, drinking or drug-taking. In fact there is a difference between personality factors, some being more resilient and less likely to turn to substances to relieve...Read More

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This is one of these cases where publication will hardly surprise the reader. Studies of the effect of drinking alcohol upon drivers are unlikely to pronounce that alcohol is safe to take before driving and has no effect on proficiency. The independent variable is alcohol use, the dependent...Read More

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A laboratory experiment need not take place in a formica sided area. It has to do with the control an experimenter is taking over the study. An experiment is an investigation in which a hypothesis is scientifically tested. In an experiment, an independent variable (the cause) is manipulated and...Read More

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If a company wishes to know about the amount of something, whether this is a product, a type of employee behaviour or even a category of employee (call this E) it follows a procedure of counting. If the company is interested in the degree to which the product or employee represents E then...Read More

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An experimenter has an idea that a certain outcome will follow from a premise. It is usual that in setting up an experiment to prove this, the experimenter composes his hypothesis suggesting the opposite of what he believes, and then sets out to disprove that hypothesis. This would be the...Read More

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Participants from the first condition are matched as closley as possible from participants from the second condition.

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The researcher deliberately manipulates the IV, measure the DV and maintains strict control over all other variables.

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The researcher deliberately manipulates the IV, measure the DV and maintains strict control over all other variables.

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