Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Drew, C. J. 2010. Dependent Variables. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Dependent variable is a term used in research methods and refers to the attribute being measured. In experimental research the dependent variable is what is being assessed to determine the effect of manipulating the independent variable. The term dependent variable is also labeled as the criterion measure by some research methodologists. The dependent variable or variables (it is not unusual to record multiple measures in an investigation) may involve behavioral, physiological, or social characteristics, depending on the nature of the study. It may involve assessment of performance, such as the amount of information a participant might learn as measured by the number of correct responses on a test.
- research methods;
- research design;
- research measure;
- criterion measure