TY - GEN ID - cogprints2643 UR - http://cogprints.org/2643/ A1 - Chow, Siu L. TI - Methods in Psychological Research Y1 - 2002/// N2 - Psychologists collect empirical data with various methods for different reasons. These diverse methods have their strengths as well as weaknesses. Nonetheless, it is possible to rank them in terms of different critieria. For example, the experimental method is used to obtain the least ambiguous conclusion. Hence, it is the best suited to corroborate conceptual, explanatory hypotheses. The interview method, on the other hand, gives the research participants a kind of emphatic experience that may be important to them. It is for the reason the best method to use in a clinical setting. All non-experimental methods owe their origin to the interview method. Quasi-experiments are suited for answering practical questions when ecological validity is importan AV - public KW - causation KW - control KW - correlation KW - deduction KW - experiment KW - induction KW - measurement KW - non-experiment KW - quasi-experiment KW - objectivity KW - prediction KW - psychometrics KW - random sampling distribution KW - reductionism KW - research design KW - regression KW - relativism KW - reliability KW - sampling KW - statistics KW - substantive impact KW - theoretical prescription KW - validity KW - variables ER -