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Experimental Controls

  1. Kathryn Kidd,
  2. George A. Morgan

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0332

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Kidd, K. and Morgan, G. A. 2010. Experimental Controls. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Colorado State University

Publication History

  1. 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.


  • causality;
  • control group;
  • extraneous variables;
  • random assignment;
  • randomized experiment