IB Psychology HL : Experimental research in psychology

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for IB Psychology HL

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Experimental Research In Psychology

Which of the following best describes the difference between basic and applied psychological research?

Possible Answers:

Applied research is more theoretical while basic research is more practical

Basic research is used for simple problems while applied research is used for complex problems

Basic research is used for complex problems while applied research is used for simple problems

Basic research is more theoretical while applied research is more practical

Basic research is more biological while applied research is more philosophical

Correct answer:

Basic research is more theoretical while applied research is more practical

Explanation:

The distinction between basic and applied research does not have to do with the difficulty of the problem or to which branch of psychology it relates. Basic research is more theoretical and focused on understanding a phenomenon, whereas applied research is more focused on solving a real-world problem.

Example Question #2 : Experimental Research In Psychology

Which of the following best describes the difference between basic and applied psychological research?

Possible Answers:

Basic research is used for complex problems while applied research is used for simple problems

Basic research is used for simple problems while applied research is used for complex problems

Applied research is more theoretical while basic research is more practical

Basic research is more biological while applied research is more philosophical

Basic research is more theoretical while applied research is more practical

Correct answer:

Basic research is more theoretical while applied research is more practical

Explanation:

The distinction between basic and applied research does not have to do with the difficulty of the problem or to which branch of psychology it relates. Basic research is more theoretical and focused on understanding a phenomenon, whereas applied research is more focused on solving a real-world problem.

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