Non-Experimental Research Methods in Psychology
combines three of our standalone films (Naturalistic Observation, Self Report
Methods and Case Studies) 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
Where some research
questions can’t be studied easily or appropriately using experimental methods,
alternative non-experimental methods have to be used. This film uses some key
psychological research examples to explain, illustrate and evaluate three key
types of non-experimental method:
Observation involves getting out and seeing how people actually behave in real
life situations. Using several key studies, this film illustrates different
naturalistic observation techniques, explains why psychologists use this method
and outlines some of its strengths and the limitations.
2. Self Report Methods,
such as questionnaires and interviews, gather data directly from the
participants and this film looks at some of the problems and limitations common
to all self report methods..
3. Case Study Research
uses the well-known case of 'Genie' Wiley to illustrate the use of this method
in psychology; why and how case studies are used, what they can offer
researchers, their limitations and some of the ethical issues that may arise.