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Some researchers prefer to keep track of people over time. This is called a longitudinal study. In these cases, behavior must remain unchanged, but the subjects are often brought back in for further questions. Descriptive studies generally use surveys or other methods of data collection that rely on existing records.

What Is Descriptive Correlational Method? Quick Answer In scientific research, a descriptive correlational method refers to a type of study in which information is collected without making any changes to the study subject. What Is a Descriptive-Normative Survey? Paul Bradbury Caiaimage Getty Images. Full Answer All descriptive correlational method studies have the same basic property of avoiding any direct changes in the environment of the study.

There are many different ways to show a correlation between two variables. Perhaps the most common type of research around is survey research.

Every time you receive a letter in the mail asking you to take a minute and answer a few questions, or get a phone call begging for ten minutes of your time to speak about how you feel about??????

All surveys have one thing in common, they ask questions. Now there are good and bad things about surveys in research. The good- no matter how you do it, internet, mail, phone, in person- they are fairly cheap. You can cover large populations of people easily if you use the phone or internet. The bad aspects of surveys is that 1. Second, people can lie on the survey so you can always question the validity of your data. Pretend our hypothesis was the more garlic people eat, the less they date.

First, we have to come up with some survey questions pretend they ask about the amount of garlic one has eaten in the past 6 months and how much they have dated in the past sixth months. Hopefully, when people answer the survey, we will see that people who have stated that they have eaten a lot of garlic have also answered that they have dated less a negative correlation. But who are we going to give the survey to? As with ALL types of studies except some case studies we must choose a sample of people to take the survey a sample is just a group of subjects.

We have to first identify a population of people from which we are going to get the sample. The population includes anyone who can possibly be chosen to be part of the sample.

If we are studying anorexic women and their dating habits we would choose a sample from a population of anorexic women asking a chubby dude like me would not make sense for an anorexic study so I would NOT be a part of the population. In the case of garlic and dating, I am going to limit my population to single men and women between the ages of from the Westchester area if I do not limit my population, then I would have to start contacting people from all around the world.

Now, how do I pick people to be a part of my sample. Do I call all my single buddies in the Westchester area and give them the survey?

That would not be a very fair way of doing it. A correlation can be expressed visually. This is done by drawing a scattergram - that is one can plot the figures for one variable against the figures for the other on a graph.

When you draw a scattergram it doesn't matter which variable goes on the x-axis and which goes on the y-axis. Remember, in correlations we are always dealing with paired scores, so the values of the 2 variables taken together will be used to make the diagram. Decide which variable goes on each axis and then simply put a cross at the point where the 2 values coincide.

Strictly speaking correlation is not a research method but a way of analysing data gathered by other means. This might be useful, for example, if we wanted to know if there were an association between watching violence on T. Another area where correlation is widely used is in the study of intelligence where research has been carried out to test the strength of the association between the I.

The correlation coefficient r indicates the extent to which the pairs of numbers for these two variables lie on a straight line. Values over zero indicate a positive correlation, while values under zero indicate a negative correlation. An experiment isolates and manipulates the independent variable to observe its effect on the dependent variable, and controls the environment in order that extraneous variables may be eliminated. Experiments establish cause and effect. A correlation identifies variables and looks for a relationship between them.

While we focus on correlation in research, we must also note that the correlation can be positive or negative. Positive correlations mean that as variable A increases, so does variable B. A negative correlation is defined as when variable A increases, variable B will decrease.

Correlational research is a type of nonexperimental research in which the researcher measures two variables and assesses the statistical relationship (i.e., the correlation) between them with little or no effort to control extraneous variables.

Methods of correlation and regression can be used in order to analyze the extent and the nature of relationships between different variables. Correlation analysis is used to understand the nature of relationships between two individual variables. Correlation means association - more precisely it is a measure of the extent to which two variables are related. If an increase in one variable tends to be associated with an increase in the other then this is known as a positive moiprods.tk: Saul Mcleod.

Correlational research is a type of non-experimental research method, in which a researcher measures two variables, understands and assess the statistical relationship between them with no influence from any extraneous variable. Correlational studies are a type of research often used in psychology as a preliminary way to gather information about a topic or in situations where performing an experiment is not possible. The correlational method involves looking at relationships between two or more variables.