Introductory Psychology CLEP Prep Practice Exam

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What type of research design is an experiment?

Descriptive

Correlational

Qualitative

Quantitative

An experiment is defined as a research design in which one or more independent variables are manipulated to observe their effects on a dependent variable. This type of research design is considered quantitative because it involves numerical data and statistical analysis. This sets it apart from the other options. Descriptive research is focused on describing a phenomenon or gathering information, while correlational research aims to identify relationships between variables. Qualitative research, on the other hand, is primarily exploratory and involves non-numerical data. In summary, only quantitative research involves the manipulation of independent variables and the use of numerical data, making it the correct option for the question.