Are case studies used in psychological experiments?

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Apr 22, 2018



  • An experiment is a research method in which an investigator manipulates one or more factors (independent variables) to observe the effect on some behavior or mental process (the dependent variable).
  • A case study is an observation technique in which one person is studied in depth in the hope of revealing universal principles.
  • Clinical research often takes the form of case studies to research clinical disorders.
  • Descriptive methods, like case studies and surveys, are used to describe behaviors.
  • Experimental methods manipulate variables to discover their effects.