Experimental Methods in Psychology combines three of
our standalone films (Laboratory, Field and Natural Experiments) into one
complete film, designed as an introductory overview to this area of a Psychology
methods course. The film includes a short introductory section and filmed links
that join the three films into one continuous presentation.
The film opens with a short section that introduces
the idea of psychological questions and the concept of operationalisation. This
then leads into an examination of three types of experimental method used in
the operationalisation of psychological research:
Part 1. Laboratory Experiments uses some famous psychological studies to explain the
experimental method and illustrate how laboratory experiments are carried-out,
with an assessment of their strengths and limitations.
Part 2. Field Experiments uses classic
studies to illustrate what this method offer psychologists compared to other
experimental methods. The film also looks at the difficulties involved in
setting up field experiments and examines their strengths and limitations.
Part 3. Natural Experiments illustrates
how this method works, how it differs from other experimental methods and
assesses its strengths and limitations.