Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Kidd, K. and Morgan, G. A. 2010. Experimental Controls. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Experimental controls are techniques that researchers utilize to minimize the effects of extraneous experience and environmental variables as well as to strengthen the inference that changes in the dependent variable are due to the independent variable (the ability to infer causality). Does, for example, Treatment X (independent variable) cause a change in Behavior A (dependent variable)? A well-designed, well-controlled, and well-implemented randomized experiment is the best avenue for examining causality.
- control group;
- extraneous variables;
- random assignment;
- randomized experiment