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Appendix B

Research Methods Matrix

A psychologist is planning to conduct a study that would examine pathological liars and the quality of their romantic relationships. You have been asked to provide the psychologist with a recommendation for which research method should be used to gather data on the pathological liars and their spouses.

Using the table below list each research method and its advantages and disadvantages for use in this study.

  |Research Method                           |Advantages                                   |Disadvantages                             |
|Case Studies                               |Can provide a great deal of detailed         |Observer bias because they cannot         |
|                                           |descriptive information. It is valuable for   |confidently draw general conclusions from |
|                                           |creating hypotheses.                         |a single case. Can also take a lot of time|
|                                           |                                             |and cost more money.                       |
|Naturalistic Observation                   |Provides direct behavioral information that   |I don’t think this method could give an   |
|                                           |is more accurate than reports after the fact.|accurate conclusion.                       |
|Experimental                               |Can help draw conclusions about cause and     |Results can be confounded because of       |
|                                           |effect on relationships.                     |unexpected and uncontrolled variables.     |
|Surveys                                   |It helps conduct data quickly and not         |Can be sampling bias. It is only accurate |
|                                           |expensive.                                   |if participants are willing to give the   |
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