Beh 225 Week 1 Appendix B

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Appendix B

Research Methods Matrix

A psychologist is planning to conduct a study that would examine pathological liars and the quality of their romantic relationships. You have been asked to provide the psychologist with a recommendation for which research method should be used to gather data on the pathological liars and their spouses.

Using the table below list each research method and its advantages and disadvantages for use in this study.

|Research Method |Advantages |Disadvantages |
|Naturalistic Observation |the observer get to see how people act in |The observer has to take the patient as |
| |their everyday environment |they are and cannot try to stop or control|
| | |their actions; observer bias |
|Case Studies |Provide valuable insights |Because all people are different |
| | |conclusions cannot be made on the |
| | |observation of one patient; observer bias |
|Surveys |The observer can get answers about the |Cannot be used to predict, determine, or |
| |patient and know more about things they |explain a patient’s behavior |
| |prefer without having to ask them a direct | |
| |question; generate useful and important | |
|

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