%A Siu L. Chow %T Methods in Psychological Research %X 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 %D 2002 %K causation, control, correlation, deduction, experiment, induction, measurement, non-experiment, quasi-experiment, objectivity, prediction, psychometrics, random sampling distribution, reductionism, research design, regression, relativism, reliability, sampling, statistics, substantive impact, theoretical prescription, validity, variables %L cogprints2643